North Carolina High School football action Friday night

The Mount Pleasant Tigers take the field.

WHEN: Today, 7:30 p.m.

RECORDS: 3-6 overall, 1-2 Rocky River 2A/3A Conference; Mount Pleasant 2-7, 0-2 Rocky River 2A/3A

COACHES: Montgomery Central’s Benjie Brown is in his first season (3-6); Mount Pleasant’s Mike Johns is in his 21 season (132-129)

LAST MEETING: These teams have never met.

BROADCAST: NFHS Network/Radio Free Cabarrus

PLAYERS TO WATCH:  Montgomery Central: quarterback Aidan Watts, running backs Omar Pemberton and Darrien Little, receivers Quincey Drake and Harris Jackson, defensive back Chase Chappell, linebacker Evan Hurley, defensive lineman Nic King; Mount Pleasant: quarterback Ryan Tyson, running backs Dalton Miller and Brent Reece, receivers Sawyer Osborne and Layton Honeycutt, defensive back Downey Ian, linebackers Jakob Craver and Levi Kluttz

MATCHUP: Mount Pleasant is looking to turn around its season after losing its first two conference games and sitting at the bottom of the standings. The Tigers will have to find some offensive balance after struggling to pass the ball a week ago against Forest Hills, and they’ll look to support their running game and unstack the tackle box. Look for the Tigers to try to throw the ball more this week, although runners Miller and Reece are solid safeguards to have.

-- Jay Boyd

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