Last Updated: October 17, 2017
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SENIOR WEEK - Pride vs Commonwealth Charter

October 20, 2017 – 07:30 PM

The Carolina Pride will host Commonwealth Charter this Friday night at Weddington Optimist Park at 7:30pm. It will be Senior Night and we will recognize the seniors at halftime. In addition, we will have many alumni on hand for the game, including head coach Jim Mallos of Commonwealth who used to coach for the Pride. It should be a great evening for football and celebration. Since it has been a while with a home game, of course we have several volunteers for the evening and this is the list of those that will provide support. Please let me know if there is any issue with your ability to do the job you signed up for:

Sideline Manager - Don Neitz

Water - Baxter Starnes

Ball Boys - Luke Graves and Carson Hall

Video - Chris Sharpe

Stats - Nick Friesz

Halftime Food Coordinator - Kirsten Starnes

Granola, Oranges and 4 bags of ice - Karen Myers

Chain Gang: Stacy Fleming, Robbie McDougal, Mr. Hinkleman and I will need ONE MORE

Scoreboard; Paul Chesser

Admission Tables: Abbul and Starnes Family

Field Set Up: Neitz, Sharpe and McDougal

Field Clean Up: All families can help here...

Senior Night Coordinator - Von Eighmy


NEED: STILL PHOTOGRAPHER TO TAKE PICTURES OF SENIORS. Please let me know if you are able to do this.

We will be in dark blues this Friday night, so Graves family please bring all the blues with you( not the whites!!!)


Finally, I need your dominos cards and money tonight at practice returned to me. I will be there to collect during practice and I have a checklist already of those that have turned them in. Please bring them with you to practice TONIGHT!!!




Carolina Pride 27 Hickory Hawks 14

September 29, 2017

The Carolina Pride travelled to Lenior Rhyne College Friday night to take on the Hickory Hawks in a college life atmosphere. There two teams came into the game ready for each other and the play showed it. After a couple of defensive stops the Pride opened up the scoring as QB Nik Gangdahar hit Seth Graves for a 45 yard TD pass as Seth reached over a defender to haul the pass in. After a good PAT, the Pride ended the first quarter with the 7-0 lead. The defense, led by Toris Saifele's 16 tackles, was strong in the first half and they continued to keep the Hawks off the scoreboard. Midway through the 2nd quarter Caden Bonoffski hit on a 34 yard field goal and the Pride has a 10-0 lead. Late in the second quarter Von Brow picked off a Hawk pass and for a moment looked as if he put the Pride up 17-0 as he returned it to the house on a nice 62 yard return, but a "suspect holding" penalty took the points off the board.

Heading into the second half, the Hawks marched 80 yards mainly on the ground and punched in a short TD run to cap off the drive. They added a two point conversion and the Pride's lead dropped to 10-8. However on the next drive, QB Nik Gangdahar found Thomas Thierfelder open beyond the Hawk defense and in one play the Pride had a 62 yard TD pass. Bonoffski's extra point made it 17-8 midway through the third. The Pride defense stymied the Hawks on the next drive and got the ball back near midfield. After a few first downs, the Pride marched Caden Bonoffski out and he boomed a 42 yard field goal that would have been good from 60 (in the writers opinion) through the uprights and the Pride led 20-8 going into the fourth quarter.

The Hawks then got back to that pounding run game and when they mixed in a pass it was good for a 30 yard TD. The 2 point conversion failed, but the score was 20-14 with just under 5 minutes to play. That is when the Pride put the ball in good hands... Von Brow began to run and run and run and he capped off over 50 yards rushing on the drive with a nice 22 yard TD run that put the Pride on the board for the last time and it iced the game. The Pride went up 27-14 and that's how the game ended.

Key Players of the game:

Nik Gangadhar threw for 191 yards and 2 TDs

Thomas Thierfelder had 8 catches for 168 yards and a TD

Von Brow had 58 yards rushing and interception and a rushing TD

Toris Saifele had 16 total tackles

Denzel Orr had 2.5 sacks






Carolina Pride 29 Carolina Wildcats 14

September 1, 2017

The Carolina Pride won a hard fought game against the Carolina Wildcats 29-14 last Friday night. The WIldcats were driving on the opening drive of the game when the Pride forced a fumble and Von Brow scooped it up and ran 62 yards for a TD. With the PAT good the Pride was on the board 7-0. On the next possession for the Wildcats the Pride stopped them and on a bad snap on the punt, the Pride had a safety and the defense was off strong with a 9-0 lead. After some back and forth play, QB Chase Eighmy hit Nate Robinson with a nice pass in the middle of the field and Nate's legs did the rest for a 48 yard TD pass. The Pride took a 16-0 lead into the second quarter. The Pride scored again on a nice 14 yard TD pass from QB Nik Gandgahar to Seth Graves, but the PAT was blocked. At that point the game seemed well at hand with a 22-0 lead, but the Wildcats wouldn't give the game away. They battled to score late in the first half and also scored again in the third quarter and before you knew it was 22-14 and the game was up for grabs. But the defense lead by Griffin Starcher, Cole Emerick and Miles Staton kept holding the Wildcats in check down the stretch and, player of the game Von Brow, took over with most of his 80 yards rushing in the fourth quarter and he capped it off with a late Td run from 4 yards out. The Pride got the win 29-14 and now move to week four as they travel to Providence Day.

GO FUND ME for the Carolina Pride

August 31, 2017

Please take a moment and visit our Facebook page at Carolina Pride FB and share the Go Fund me Link with your facebook friends. All the support we can get is appreciated. We have never done this before and I am boosting it to the Charlotte market, so I would like to see if this can put more money into the program.  We are a non-profit so all donations are tax deductible! Thanks and GO PRIDE!!!

Carolina Pride 61 Cabarrus Stallions 14

August 19, 2017

The Carolina Pride opened up the 2017 season with a bang winning 61-14 over the Cabarrus Stallions on Saturday night. The Pride took the opening drive down the field and finished it off with a 26 yard Td pass from Nick Gangadhar to Thomas Thierfelder and the Pride was up 7-0. On the next drive Brandon Fleming rushed up the middle from 4 yards out and it was already 13-0. However the Pride was far from done in quarter #1. Seth Graves intercepted a pass and took it down to the one yard line and QB Chase Eighmy ran in from 1 yard out on the next drive to make it 19-0 and Toris Saifele took a fumble back 40 yards for a TD and before you know it it was 26-0 and the first quarter was only halfway gone. On the next drive Nick Gangadhar accounted for his second TD with a 21 yard run putting the Pride up 33-0. Brandon Fleming ran in from 6 yards out and at the end of the first quarter the Pride was up 40-0. They didn't let up in the second quarter. On the next possession Brandon Fleming took a handoff up the middle and 70 yards later he was in the end zone: Pride 47-0. That was his third rushing TD of the game. Cameron Cunningham ran in from 18 yards out followed my Miles Staton's 20 yard Fumble return for a TD and the halftime score was 61-0. The second half found the Pride not scoring and the Stallions putting up a third and fourth quarter TD( last play of the game on a 55 yard pass) and the final was 61-14. Brandon Fleming with 97 yards rushing and 3 TDs was the player of the game, with NIck Gangadhar as the offensive player of the game leading the team to two TDs and Toris Saifele as the defensive player of the game with 1 fumble recovery for a TD, a team leading 6 tackles an 1 sack, while Caden Bonoffski was the special teams player of the game with 8 extra points and 6 touchbacks on the kickoffs... trust me he can kick!!!

Honorable mention: Thomas Thiefelder with a nice TD catch and a great block earlier in the game to spring a long run; Cameron Cunningham with 34 yards and TD(over 6 yard per carry average), Nate Robinson with 67 all purpose yards in the first quarter before leaving the game with an minor injury, Von Brow with a 40 yard punt return, Timmy Smith with a 33 yard kickoff return, Josiah Graves, Liante Allen and Seth Graves with interceptions, Miles Staton with a fumble recovery for TD and Cole Emerick with 4 tackles and a forced and recovered fumble.

The Pride will take their 1-0 record into Victory Christian this Friday night in Charlotte. Come out and cheer on the Pride!



2017 Carolina Pride Football

Pride family, the 2017 schedule:


sat 8-19 @ Cabarrus Stallions

Fri 8-25  @ Victory Christian

Fri 9-1 Carolina Wildcats (home)

Fri 9-8 @ Providence Day

Fri 9-15 @ Charlotte Latin

Fri 9-22 @ Chester SC

Fri 9-29 @ Hickory Hawks

Fri 10-6 OPEN

Fri 10-13 @ Central Pageland

Fri 10-20 Commonwealth Charter School- Senior Night at home

Fri 10-27 @ Franklin Christian Academy ( Rock Hill)


We are excited about the season with some very competitive opportunities for the Pride and look forward to having a full schedule for both teams. GO PRIDE!


Follow Us on Social Media

Follow the Carolina Pride all season long on Social Media.

Facebook: CarolinaPride FB - we will be posting photos, videos, etc,, throughout the season

Instagram: CarolinaPride2017 - live photos and videos on game nights throughout the season from the sideline

Snapchat: Carolina.Pride - live immediate postings each game night from the sideline

Twitter: @carolinaprideFb - scores and updates throughout the game night and season


#GO PRIDE... take a moment and follow us NOW!!!!!


July 31, 2017 – 09:30 PM

I want to thank all those parents that stepped up to help for the season. We still have needs listed below, but many have been filled as listed.

We are still in need of the following areas:

  • SNACK SIGN UP: Oranges and granola bars for the kids at all 10 games for  halftime and 4 bags of ice delivered by 6:30 to our sidelines for home games(2 games). Please go to Sign Up Genius and enter in the email This will bring up the sign up genius and you will be able to sign up for the any game and item that you wish to bring.
  • Facebook Coordinator during the season
  • Still Photographer
  • Field Clean Up after home games only (9-1 and 10-20).. A Couple of families can do this.

These volunteers have already signed up:

  • Sideline Manager - Don Neitz
  • Ball Boy - Carson Hall and Brett Holland's Son
  • Water Crew - Luke Graves and McDougal Son
  • Game Video - Chris Sharpe
  • Snap Chat and Instragram - Noelle Hall
  • Twitter - Chris Sharpe
  • Stats and Max Preps - Allen Emerick
  • Media - Final score call - Stephen Ehele
  • Halftime food distributor - Kiersten Starnes
  • Uniform laundry - Stephanie Graves ( THANK YOU BIG TIME HERE!!)


  • Chain Gang(4) - Stephen Ehele, Robbie McDougal, Stacey Fleming, Tom HInkleman
  • Scoreboard Operator(1) - Paul Chesser
  • Admission Tables(2+) - Abbuhl family and Starnes Family
  • Field Set Up(2+) - Chris Sharpe and Robbie McDougal 

Thanks for your support of the team and season in advance.

Bryce Friesz

Athletic Director

Carolina Pride












Carolina Pride Home Practice Field

July 17, 2017

Many have asked where we practice normally and so attached you will find our regular practice home starting Monday July 17th:

Carolina Pride Union West Practice Field

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580A Union West Blvd, Matthews, NC 28104

It is located just minutes from the intersection of I-485 & Hwy 74 (Independence Blvd.) If you take I-485 from the North or South just exit onto Hwy 74 East toward Monroe. When you pass through the stop light at Stallings Road you will now have to go down to Indian Trail Waxhaw road( Walgreens, Chick Fila at corners and make a U Turn and come back to Union West blvd due to construction). Take a right and you will head back through the office park until you come around the curve of the road. The practice field will be on your right. Please DO NOT park on the grass. You may park on the street or in the office park just beyond the field. 
Once we move there on Monday this is where all practices will be from 6:30 to 8:30 but give yourself time with traffic to be on time. Next week we will continue to practice Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, for just that week. If you have not turned in your registration I need to get it. We will be handing out equipment soon and you will not be eligible for any equipment without your registration packet in and arrangements for payments. We need this taken care of to make sure you will be a part of this team!
Also, please use the website as your weather update. We do our best to get something out by 5pm if we will cancel. IF you don't see anything on the website, then practice is on.


Garrett Ward commits to play Quarterback in college

It is always great to hear about Pride players getting a chance to move on to college to continue their football playing career. So it is with great pleasure that I announce that QB Garrett Ward has committed to Methodist University to continue his football playing career as a QB. Join me in congratulating him on this great accomplishment. Good Luck Garrett!!

Facebook for pictures - Carolina Pride FB

If you have not done so, please go out and add Carolina Pride FB to your likes on facebook. Many JV pictures will be added as well as senior pictures tonight will be posted on the facebook website. Thanks and Go Pride!!!!

Pride Family

October 11, 2016

Dear Pride Family,

I would like to take a minute to speak to you about something other than football. (I know it is hard to believe)  God has called me to serve, teach and coach others my entire life, whether as a Pastor, teacher or coach.  He has called me to help and serve others. I now feel He is directing me to another endeavor that I am truly excited about.  I have recently obtained my real estate license and has started as an independent contractor at Coldwell Bankers in the Arboretum office.  God has now given me the opportunity to serve by helping place people into the home of their dreams.


 If you are in need of an agent or know of a friend, family member or an acquaintance that requires assistance please contact me at 704-617-3398 or email me at  Please feel free to visit my website  Thank you for all your support this year and please give me an opportunity to return that support by helping you or someone you know or love find the home of their dreams

In Christ,

Coach Hawks


August 20, 2016

Last night's game is up on hudl. I had a couple of issues last night but they have been resolved.  Therefore you can go watch the film.  If you do not have a hudl account yet, use my username and password to view the film until we get you set up.  My username is and my password is vinniehank7733.

Enjoy the win!!! See you Monday!!!

Coach Hawks


Weather Practice Policy

As is always the case once practice starts, people have questions about weather cancellations. Since the season has yet to official start with games, we also don't know who all will be on the team, so it is hard to send out text blasts or anything like that so the best way we can make sure we have something for you is to update the website if inclement weather is a potential. Football is a sport that can be played in the rain. Thunderstorms however will require the team to suspend or cancel practice and field conditions will also create the issue. The best way we can share information is through the website, so please check that if you have any questions. We will do our best to try and make a decision by 4:30 to 5pm each night, but just because it is raining where you are, don't assume practice is cancelled. Always check the website. If you don't see anything posted, practice is on. It will only be posted if we are cancelling. Thanks. GO PRIDE!!!

Carolina Pride Hires Mike Hawks as its New Head Coach

It is with great pleasure that I announce the hiring of a new head football coach for the Carolina Pride. Coach Mike Hawks has accepted the position of head coach. He has 25 years experience coaching high school football, most recently as the Defensive Coordinator for Charlotte Latin from 2009 until 2015. Coach Hawks has coached at Latin various times during the 25 years and has also coached at Myers Park, Providence Day and was the original head coach for Westminster Catawba when the program started in 1995.  Mike has been a church pastor, teacher, and is now in the real estate industry. His love of Christ and football knowledge are very easy to see and we are blessed to have him join the Pride. Coach Hawks earned a BA in Recreation Administration and Physical Education K-12 from Lenoir Rhyne college and his wife and kids reside here in Charlotte.

Over the next month Coach Hawks will be meeting with prospective coaches and administration to put together a full coaching staff for both the varsity squad and an anticipated junior varsity squad with separate coaches. This is a return to the previous structure that the Pride has had and we look forward to the upcoming year. With this change will create the need for some additional time before we are able to put together the calendar for practices, meetings, the 2016 season etc. Please be patient as we work on that for the new year. All updates will be put on the website as soon as we can and I do anticipate a meet and greet meeting with all prospective players and parents once the staff has been finalized. If you have any questions you are free to contact me at 704-575-3956 or email me at

Please join me in welcoming Coach Hawks to the Carolina Pride! GO PRIDE!!!!!


Bryce Friesz

Athletic Director

Carolina Pride Football

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