North Carolina High School football action Friday night

Concord receiver Nijel Robinson

WHEN: Today, 7 p.m.

RECORDS: West Rowan 2-3 overall, 0-0 North Piedmont 3A Conference; Concord 0-5, 0-0 South Piedmont 3A

COACHES: West Rowan’s Joe Nixon is in his fifth season (34-23); Concord’s Marty Paxton is in his second season (1-15)

LAST MEETING: Last season, West Rowan beat Concord, 44-30.

BROADCAST: NFHS Network/Radio Free Cabarrus

PLAYERS TO WATCH: West Rowan: quarterback Noah Loeblien, running back Mike Gonsalves, senior receiver Jalen Houston, defensive lineman Zeek Biggers, linebacker Baiden Suddarth, senior defensive back Reggie Everheart, senior defensive back T.K. Lark; Concord: quarterback Zach Jenkins, running back Jacori James, running back Cameron Sledge, senior running back Deonte Brown, senior offensive lineman Peter Petroff, receiver Nijel Robinson, defensive lineman Jerry Earl, defensive lineman Anthony Flores, sophomore defensive lineman Jameson Hackett, cornerback Jaden Smith, defensive lineman Elijah Smith

MATCHUP: This will be the Falcons’ third matchup against a Cabarrus County team this season. They lost the first to Cox Mill and A.L. Brown. This week, the Spiders will have to slow the Falcons’ powerful rushing attack. If they can hold off the duo of Gonsalves and Houston, they should be in good shape. Look for Flores and Earl to make an impact on the line trying to stuff the running lanes.

-Jay Boyd

 

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