A.L. Brown at Anson
Published 12:00 am Friday, September 19, 2008
* Time: 7:30 p.m.
* Records: A.L. Brown 3-1, 1-0 SPC; Anson County 1-3, 0-1 SPC
* Series: A.L. Brown leads 6-2
* Last meeting: Anson won 24-21 in 2007 in a thriller played at Memorial Stadium
* Last week: A.L. Brown opened SPC play with a victory over Sun Valley; Anson took a stunning 41-20 beating from Parkwood. Anson went into that game as a two-touchdown favorite
* Next week: A.L. Brown returns home to face Marvin Ridge; Anson is at Piedmont
* Game notes: Brownís victory over Sun Valley was significant, but it wonít mean nearly as much if the Wonders canít win in Wadesboro tonight.
One thing made clear by the opening night of SPC play is the league is much more balanced this season. Parkwoodís win over Anson (Anson beat Parkwood 34-7 last season), and Porter Ridgeís victory over Hickory Ridge were major surprises.
Brown will probably be favored in every remaining regular-season game, but most of the games figure to be much more interesting than last seasonís run of blowouts.
Anson has played a tough schedule and is always dangerous, and the Wonders need no reminder. They lost tight games to the Bearcats at home in 2005 and 2007, although they won on their last trip to Wadesboro. Anson played very poorly last week, with six fumbles and a shaky defensive effort, but itís capable of much better, and former Catawba player Tim McMahon is sure to have the Bearcats ready.
Brown made big plays to beat a potent Sun Valley squad, including an interception return for a touchdown by Josh Black.
The Wonders are getting exceptional play at quarterback from Jamill Lott. Antwoine Jordan enjoyed a breakout with 117 rushing yards. Chris Shaw and his mates on the offensive line are performing at a high level.