Marvin Ridge, with its 18 returning starters from last season's 9-3 team, should be a good test for how ready Concord is for this season.
"We're going to find out where we are real quick," said Concord coach Glen Padgett.
Concord's biggest threat will be 6-4 wideout K.J. Brent, who has already committed to play at South Carolina.
Defensively, the Spiders will to go against a variety of looks, which could be a challenge for sophomore QB B.J. Beecher, who Padgett said still needs work at reading opposing defenses.
The Mavericks' defensive top seven could also be the best the Concord offense will face in the first half of the season.
Concord hasn't had much luck against Marvin Ridge. The Mavericks beat Concord 30-6 in Padgett's first game as the Spiders' head coach last season. The previous year, Marvin Ridge won 38-0. Padgett said the Mavericks have been hard to beat because they don't often make mistakes and have a well-balanced squad.
With Scott Chadwick at the team's helm, Marvin Ridge could be dangerous not only for Concord but for the rest of the 3A.
Regardless of the score Friday, Padgett said he's excited to get his season under way against a good team.
"It will be an exceptional challenge for us," he said.