WHEN: Today, 7:30 p.m.
RECORDS: Central Cabarrus 7-4 overall, 3-2 South Piedmont 3A Conference; Mount Tabor 7-4, 4-1 Piedmont Triad 3A
COACHES: Central Cabarrus’ Kenneth McClamrock is in his third season (19-15); Mount Tabor’s Tiesuan Brown is in his third season (28-12)
LAST MEETING: These programs have never met.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Central Cabarrus: quarterback Dajon Johnson, running backs Solomon Faulkner and DeAndre Boykins, linemen Ray Martinez and Amir Weston, receivers Arthur Bailey and Jay Rodgers-Freeman, defensive backs Native Johnson and Kevin Clerge, nose guard Brooks Lawing and linebackers Te’veon Glover, Nehemiah Williams and Logan Armstrong; Mount Tabor: quarterback Jorden Zertuche, running backs B.J. McIntyre and Amar Aikens, defensive back Jamari Slade
MATCHUP: Expect a hard-knock-life type of game dominated by the defenses. The Spartans are a physical team that won’t likely put the ball in the air much; they’ve attempted just 70 passes all season, completing 33. Scoring isn’t their specialty, but their defense has limited opponents to just 11 points per game. Central Cabarrus is getting healthier at just the right time and hopes to use the versatile Boykins on all three units. Meanwhile, Central’s small but tough defense must keep giving the Vikings’ offense opportunities.
-- C. Jemal Horton