The AL Brown Wonders and the Concord Spiders contest on Friday in front of 8,000 fans was the 87th meeting between these two cross town rivals. Known as the “Battle for the Bell,” the teams began the rivalry in 1924 and has met every year since 1931. This battle is the oldest continuous rivalry in North Carolina. Concord leads the series with a 48-38-4 overall record, but the Wonders have won the last four meetings.


Najee Williams
A.L. Brown


Justin Rodgers

A.L. Brown

Justin is a two year letterman for the varsity football and baseball team. He is a member of the Beta Club and the National honor society, he is also a active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Mt Olive United Methodist Church. Justin is currently holding a 4.76 GPA and plans to attend college after graduation.
Issac Cochran


Isaac is fourth generation Concord football player, he is a 3 year letterman on the varsity football team and four-year letterman in wrestling. He was a state qualifier in wrestling in the 2016-17 school year and all conference selection in both football and wrestling. Isaac was also recently selected to the NC Shrine Bowl Team. Isaac is currently holding a 4.95 GPA and is in the process of visiting and selecting a university that meets his academic and athletic goals.


Kalif Phillips

A.L. Brown

In 2011 Kalif Phillips played in his first Rivalry series matchup against Concord as a varsity player. Phillips carried the ball 19 times for 139 yards and scored two touchdowns. This performance earned him the MVP award for the rivalry series and a 31-26 victory for the Wonders. Kalif Phillips went on to be a star at the University of North Carolina @ Charlotte where he was a 4 year Letterman. Phillips score the first rushing touchdown in school history and went on to rush for over 4,000 yards and scored 43 touchdowns for the 49ers. Out of college Phillips signed with the Green Bay Packers. Kalif Phillips is now teaching and coaching here at his Alma Mater. The A.L. Brown Wonders.
Lance Lewis


Lance was a three-year letterman for the varsity football team, He lead the team in yards and touchdowns from 2004-07. His sophomore and senior season Lance’s Concord team won the state championship and Lance was name player of the year in the conference. Lance finished his college career at East Carolina University and played in the NFL for the Washington Redskins and the San Francisco 49ers.


Concord was close, but not close enough as it fell 14 - 12 to AL Brown. The outcome was a definite jolt of excitement for Concord after a sluggish start, posting zero total points in the first half. The offense improved in the second half, but the upturn was too little too late. Rivalry MVP Najee Williams had three sacks in the game to help AL Brown to victory.