WHEN: Today, 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Rabun Gap-Nacoochee 5-2 overall, 2-0 NCISAA Western Conference; Cabarrus Warriors 1-6, 0-3 NCISAA Piedmont
COACHES: Shawn Bryson is in his third season (14-15);Cabarrus’ Brad Hoover is in his first season (1-6)
LAST MEETING: These two teams have never met.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Rabun Gap-Nacoochee: quarterback Matt Linn, running backs Pato Torres and Robin Verginelli, receivers Joshua Gill and Marlin Klein, linebackers Kyle Ormsby and Lior Volkov; Cabarrus Warriors: running back Fred Peace Jr., quarterback Michael Dickens, receiver Javon Meyers, Zach Reulbach, defensive back Chase Love, kicker Mitch Jeter, defensive back Jadon Williams, linebacker Austin Blackwelder, defensive back Xander Lamb, defensive lineman A.J. Pierce
MATCHUP: Another week, another high-scoring opponent shows up on the Warriors’ schedule. The Eagles, who are based out of northern Georgia but still somehow compete for a North Carolina private-school state title, average nearly 40 points per game, and they’ve outscored their past two opponents – Hickory Ridge and Victory Christian – by a combined 94-0. The Warriors won’t likely be shut out, but they’ve got to keep this one close early so they don’t have to try to pull off a comeback against a really good team.
--C. Jemal Horton