Concord football

WHEN: Today, 7:30 p.m.

RECORDS: Sun Valley 0-2, 0-0 Southern Carolina 3A Conference; Concord 0-2, 0-0 South Piedmont 3A

COACHES: Sun Valley’s Tad Baucom is in his sixth season (40-26); Concord’s Marty Paxton is in his second season (1-12)

LAST MEETING: The two met in a 2015 state playoff game, which the Spiders won, 56-28.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Sun Valley: sophomore tight end Mason Tinsley, junior receiver Gavin Blackwell, junior wide receiver Adrian Eley, senior linebacker Ryan Gunderson; Concord: senior quarterback JoJo Bond,senior lineman Anthony Flores, senior cornerback Jaden Smith, senior defensive back Cameron Sledge, senior wide receiver Nijel Robinson

MATCHUP: A week ago, the Spiders saw some of their drives die early after a multitude of pre-snap penalties and false starts. This week, they’ll have to focus on eliminating those mistakes and slowing down the Spartans star receiver, Gavin Blackwell. If they’re able to stop hurting themselves by taking away yards, they may be able to finish some of the drives that were backed up by flags last Friday and set their defense up for success. Those things could add up to a win in Friday’s home-opening contest for the black and gold.

-- Jay Boyd

 

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