Prep football preview: Mt. Pleasant vs. West Rowan

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 3, 2011

nTime: 7:30 p.m.
nClass: 3A
nPod: Midwest
nSeeds and records: No. 8 Mount Pleasant (5-6) at No. 1 West Rowan (9-2)
nRecords vs. winning teams: MP is 1-6. West Rowan is 5-2.
Common Opponents: None
nAverages: Mount Pleasant scores 22.5 points a game and allows 22. West scores 34 per game and allows almost 14.
nBest wins: Mount Pleasantís signature win came against Hickory Ridge. West posted quality victories outside the NPC against Davie, Salisbury and Reidsville.
nWest at home: Falcons are 4-1. The loss was to South Pointe (S.C.).
nMP on the road: 2-3
nSeries: West leads 4-1.
The first football win in Westís history was a 7-6 triumph against Mount Pleasant in the second game of the 1959 season. The other four clashes came when the schools were 2A YVC foes in the mid-1990s.
nLast meeting: The Tigers own a one-game winning streak against West. They won 20-12 in 1996.
nLast week: Mount Pleasant rolled 26-0 against Central Cabarrus, while West Rowan smacked high-powered West Iredell 21-0.
nNext week: Winner advances to play the survivor of the Cox Mill-Statesville matchup. West would be home again next week.
nGame notes: Mount Pleasant coach Michael Johns is one of the most respected coaches in the area and was able to keep his team close vs. A.L. Brown for a half. … QB Alan McDonald carries most of the load for the Tigers. He has 18 TD passes and completes 55 percent of his throws. … West welcomes OL Chris Hassard back tonight. … TB Dinkin Miller has 1,596 rushing yards. … QB Zay Laster has 214 rushing yards in his last two games.