CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Friday night, Rocky River High, which officially opened Wednesday, will play its first football game at home. The Ravens will face Hough High, Mecklenburg County's other new high school.
Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Rocky River's new stadium.
"Everybody's excited," Ravens coach Jason Fowler said. "There's a little buzz in the air. I'm sure the same thing is going on at Hough. But I tell you this, unless we get a lot better than we are now, I don't know what it's going to look like."
Neither school has a senior class and both are stocked with players who, for the most part, have only played junior varsity football. Rocky River did inherit some players from ultra-successful programs at Independence and Butler, but Fowler said none of them have played on Friday night yet.
That's why he thinks this first game is so big.
"We're trying to build from the ground up," he said. "But that's what makes this so huge. Realistically looking at it, if you don't get this one, you probably won't get one the rest of the year. We've tried everything we can do to get this one and I'm sure (Hough coach) Bobby (Collins) is doing the same thing over there. This is our Super Bowl."
Watch Friday Night Frenzy at 11:13 p.m. on NewsChannel 36 for highlights from this week's game. Here's a look at the lineup:
Burns at Crest
Watauga at Shelby
Charlotte Catholic at Providence
Clover at Ashbrook
Lincolnton at Belmont South Point
Piedmont at Porter Ridge
First Assembly at Charlotte Christian
West Meck at West Charlotte
West Rowan at NW Cabarrus
South Rowan at A.L. Brown