North Carolina High School football action Friday night

WHEN: Today, 7:30 p.m.

RECORDS: Mount Pleasant: 2-4 overall, 0-0 Rocky River 2A Conference; East Rowan: 2-3, 1-0 North Piedmont 3A

COACHES: Mount Pleasant’s Mike Johns is in his 21st season (132-126); East Rowan’s John Fitz is in his third season (11-17)

LAST MEETING: Last season, the Tigers won, 32-14.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Mount Pleasant: quarterback Ryan Tyson, running back Dalton Miller, receiver Sawyer Osborne, receiver Shane Reigel, running back Brent Reece, receiver Layton Honeycutt, receiver Max White, defensive end Jase Yount, lineman Lawson Furr, linebacker Hank Allen, linebacker Jakob Craver; East Rowan: running back Sammy Pinckney, quarterback Logan Forbis, receiver Copper Wright, linebacker Isa’ah Cauthen, defensive end Dominic Dale, cornerback Khamari McCall, offensive lineman Dylan Goodnight and Dylan Courtney

MATCHUP: The Tigers are healthy this week, especially with Tyson back in the lineup to help balance the offense. The Tigers know defensively they’ll have to be sharp against the strong-running Mustangs. But East Rowan will be facing the newly healthy defensive line and linebacker crew of the Tigers. The return of some key players on both sides of the ball for the Tigers will surely make for a fun game before they enter conference next week.

-Jay Boyd

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