The Watauga Pioneers and Mallard Creek Mavericks will face off in the second round of the 2023 NCHSAA 4A West Football Championships on Friday, November 10th, at 7pm ET in Charlotte, North Carolina.
What it is: North Carolina High School Football
Matchup: Watauga Pioneers vs. Mallard Creek Mavericks
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 7pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 NCHSAA 4A West Football Championships
Round: Second Round
Locations: Mallard Creek – Charlotte, NC
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The Pioneers come into the game with an 11-0 record, while the Mavericks are 7-4. Watauga is ranked 27th in the state, while Mallard Creek is ranked 10th.
The Pioneers have a high-powered offense, averaging 43.6 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Ryan Wright, who has thrown for over 3,000 yards and 35 touchdowns this season. Wright is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 500 yards and 10 touchdowns. Watauga also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Matt Cassidy.
The Mavericks have a balanced offense, averaging 26.6 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Micah Ford, who has thrown for over 2,500 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. Ford is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 400 yards and 15 touchdowns. Mallard Creek also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Landyn Collins.
Both defenses are playing at a high level, with Watauga allowing just 21.7 points per game and Mallard Creek allowing just 23.3 points per game.
This is sure to be a close game between two evenly matched teams. Watauga will need to find a way to slow down the Mavericks’ passing game and force turnovers. Mallard Creek 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 Watauga due to their undefeated record and their more explosive offense. I predict that the Pioneers will win a close game, 38-35.