Anson at Mount Pleasant

WHEN: Today, 7:30 p.m.

RECORDS: Anson 4-3, 1-0 Rocky River 2A Conference; Mount Pleasant 2-5, 0-0 Rocky River 2A

COACHES: Anson’s Ralph Jackson is in his fifth season (17-36); Mount Pleasant’s Mike Johns is in his 21st season (132-127)

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

BROADCAST: NFHS Network/Radio Free Cabarrus

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Anson: quarterback Wesley Lear, running back Dequan Sturdivant, receivers R.J. Jackson and Tyrek Hardison, linebacker Rasheed Burns, defensive lineman Darren Harrington; 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

MATCHUP: After playing a daunting schedule filled with Class 3A teams, the Tigers get to play on more equal footing by opening conference play. That, of course, doesn’t mean tonight will be easy, because Anson’s certainly formidable. The Tigers will have their hands full on defense, trying to contain a unit powered by Sturdivant (14 TDs), one of the top 2A backs in the state. But when Tyson’s healthy, Mount Pleasant’s formidable in its own right, especially once Miller gets cooking. Should be one fun opener.

— C. Jemal Horton

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