The Porter Ridge Pirates and Hough Huskies will face off in the second round of the 2023 NCHSAA 4A West Football Championships on Friday, November 10th, at 7pm ET in Cornelius, North Carolina.
What it is: North Carolina High School Football
Matchup: Porter Ridge Pirates vs. Hough Huskies
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 7pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 NCHSAA 4A West Football Championships
Round: Second Round
Locations: Hough – Cornelius, NC
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The Pirates come into the game with a 9-2 record, while the Huskies are 10-1. Hough is ranked 6th in the state, while Porter Ridge is ranked 16th.
The Pirates have a balanced offense, averaging 35.5 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Ryan Wright, who has thrown for over 2,500 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. Wright is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 400 yards and 10 touchdowns. Porter Ridge also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Matt Cassidy.
The Huskies have a high-powered offense, averaging 35.2 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Micah Ford, who has thrown for over 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns this season. Ford is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 500 yards and 15 touchdowns. Hough also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Landyn Collins.
Both defenses are playing at a high level, with Porter Ridge allowing just 23.7 points per game and Hough allowing just 21.3 points per game.
This is sure to be a close game between two evenly matched teams. Porter Ridge will need to find a way to slow down the Huskies’ passing game and force turnovers. Hough will need to protect the football and capitalize on their scoring opportunities.
This is the first time that the two teams have met on the gridiron.
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Both teams are evenly matched, but I am giving the edge to Hough due to their home field advantage. I predict that the Huskies will win a close game, 35-31.