KM Black & Gold game tonight at renovated Carlton Stadium

<b>Qua Brooks scores Kings Mountain’s only touchdown in Friday’s 7-7 tie with Newton Conover in Cleveland County Jamboree at Gamble Stadium.</b>
Qua Brooks scores Kings Mountain’s only touchdown in Friday’s 7-7 tie with Newton Conover in Cleveland County Jamboree at Gamble Stadium.
  •  Wed, Aug 16, 2017

With them having an open date on the NCHSAA’s first football playing date, Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers have scheduled a Black and Gold scrimmage for 7 o’clock tonight at the refurbished Shu Carlton Stadium on Gaston Street.

The stadium, named in memory of the late, great football coach that turned KMHS into a western North Carolina power in the 1950s, is now the home of Pop Warner youth teams and the KM Force semi-pro football team.

But from 1946 through most of the 1966 season, the stadium was home to the Mountaineers’ football and baseball teams. Many of the school’s most memorable games occurred in the stadium, including the first 10-yard sudden death game in 1963 between the Mountaineers and their arch rival, Shelby.

A ribbon cutting is slated for 7 p.m. Coach Carlton’s widow, Louise Carlton of Gastonia, will be one of the special guests.

Just prior to the ceremony, the Mountaineers will travel by activity bus to Central School, which previously served as the high school, and walk down Gaston Street across King Street to the stadium just like the teams did in the forties, fifties and sixties.