This event continues to build upon the success of 2017 and 2018 at Jerry Richardson Stadium

Charlotte, NC —The field has been announced for the third installment of “Charlotte Kickoff Showcase, powered by OrthoCarolina.” The event will take place at UNC Charlotte’s Jerry Richardson Stadium. This double-header involving some of the best local programs, representing three different counties, whose campuses are all within a short drive to UNC Charlotte, will take place on Saturday, October 12.

The first game of the double-header will start at 5:00pm and include Hickory Ridge High School versus Rocky River High School. Hickory Ridge will enjoy their third appearance in this relatively young event, having played in both the 2017 and 2018 events (and beating Northwest Cabarrus High 28-14 in year one and winning over Independence 33-7 last year). A renewed focus has been part of the Ragin’ Bulls early process for the 2019 season. This proud football program has much to prove, both to themselves, and the metro area, about their chances to return to post-season play. Rocky River will look to improve upon their winning record, having only posted four victories in 2018. One of the wins came against Hickory Ridge, so there will be air of both comfort and familiarity when the Ravens line up on the turf at UNC Charlotte.

The finale scheduled to kick at after the conclusion of game one will match Mooresville High School with Zebulon Vance High School. This will be Vance’s second appearance in this event, having lost to Mallard Creek by the mark of 20-7 last year. With only two losses on the 2018 season, as Vance proceeded to the state finals at Duke’s Wallace Wade Stadium, the Cougars notched a win versus Mooresville in week seven. Mooresville, a program that has a long, successful history of community support, will play under the bright lights of this event for the first time. In 2018, by the time the Blue Devils reached the second half of the season, the team was clicking on all cylinders. If history repeats, Mooresville should be ready to give Vance (ranked #2 in the state, as of the date of this press release) all that it can handle in October.

“We are elated to offer this unique opportunity to the student-athletes, families, and fans of these four schools. We are grateful for the new leadership with the Charlotte 49ers and their energy in opening up their campus yet again for our constituents.” said Philip Furr, Athletic Director, Hickory Ridge High School. “Too, we are thankful for OrthoCarolina for making this possible.”

McColl–Richardson Field at Jerry Richardson Stadium is the home field of the Charlotte 49ers football team. The venue hosted its first major event on August 31, 2013. The horseshoe-shaped stadium has a capacity of 15,314 people, an asset for the schools in this year’s Showcase line-up. It is not uncommon for marquee match-ups hosted in smaller high school campus stadiums to experience “sold-out” crowds and oft times having to turn people away.

“OrthoCarolina is excited to help make the third annual Showcase a true conversation piece in the area,” stated OrthoCarolina’s Vice President of Marketing, Blair Primis. “We continue to be a dedicated partner of prep athletics for years to come and this event is yet another example of the wonderful opportunities that our community can enjoy.”

Tickets and parking passes will be available for purchase in advance online: $10 for Saturday’s double-header.

For more information, please visit www.CLTKickoffShowcase.com.


Saturday, October 12, 2019 – UNC Charlotte’s Jerry Richardson Stadium

Game 1: 5:00pm
Hickory Ridge High School vs Rocky River High School

Game 2: Approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the previous game Mooresville High School vs Zebulon Vance High School

About OrthoCarolina

OrthoCarolina is one of the nation’s leading independent academic orthopedics practices serving North Carolina and the Southeast since 1922. We provide comprehensive musculoskeletal care including operative and non-operative care, diagnostic imaging and rehabilitative therapy. Widely known for musculoskeletal research and training, our physicians have specialized expertise in foot & ankle, hip & knee, shoulder & elbow, spine, sports medicine, hand, pediatric orthopedics, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

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