Prep Football Preview: A.L. Brown at J.M. Robinson

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 15, 2011

nTime: 7:30 p.m.
nRecords: A.L. Brown 3-1; Concord Robinson 1-2
nSeries: Wonders lead 6-0. Robinson, which opened in 2001, is one of several Cabarrus schools still looking for its first win over the Wonders.
The first meeting between the schools was a 21-7 playoff victory by the Wonders in 2004. Brown won 42-19 in the inaugural regular-season meeting in 2005.
nDid you know? One of Robinsonís early games its debut season was a 14-0 win against Salisbury
nLast meeting: Wonders won 45-14 in 2010
nLast week: A.L. Brown turned it over four times and lost 41-13 at Porter Ridge; Robinson rallied to beat Carson 49-38
nNext week: The Wonders, ranked 10th in 3A, are home against Central Cabarrus; Robinson is at Concord
nGame notes: Both teams open SPC play after unusual outings.
Brown may have been a slight underdog going to unbeaten 4A Porter Ridge, but no one was expecting the Wonders to get pounded 41-13.
Robinson, the last team in the SPC to break into the win column, wasnít supposed to beat Carson, but it scored the last 13 points to rally past the Cougars, who led 31-20 with nine minutes left.
Ramon Escano ran for 132 yards on just nine carries against Carson, while Darien Williams rushed 12 times for 107.
Brownís defense, punctured for 342 rushing yards by Porter Ridge, will have to try to slow them down. Brown will count on DBs Jamar Clemons and J.P. Lott for big games.
Offensively, the Wonders will rely on dynamic Damien Washington, who has 538 rushing yards on just 39 carries and has scored 10 touchdowns. Brandon Eppinger has thrown for 388 yards.
Classroom teacher, coach, mentor, counselor, principal, superintendent.
Superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools, 1965-1977.
Doctoral degree in education, Duke University, 1976.
North Carolina High School Athletic Association, President, 1970-71, 1975-76.
Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, 1977-1986.
Vice President of the University of North Carolina, 1986-1994.
Chairman of the State Board of Education, 1994-1997.
Led the development of North Carolina’s ABC’s accountability program.

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