The West Lincoln Rebels and Monroe Redhawks will face off in the second round of the 2023 NCHSAA 2A West Football Championships on Friday, November 10th, at 7pm ET in Monroe, North Carolina.
What it is: North Carolina High School Football
Matchup: West Lincoln Rebels vs. Monroe Redhawks
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 7pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 NCHSAA 2A West Football Championships
Round: Second Round
Locations: Monroe – Monroe, NC
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The Rebels come into the game with a 9-2 record, while the Redhawks are 10-1. Monroe is ranked 17th in the state, while West Lincoln is ranked 76th.
The Rebels have a balanced offense, averaging 36.2 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Ryan Wright, who has thrown for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. Wright is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 300 yards and 10 touchdowns. West Lincoln also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Matt Cassidy.
The Redhawks have a high-powered offense, averaging 49.5 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 400 yards and 15 touchdowns. Monroe also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Landyn Collins.
Both defenses are playing at a high level, with West Lincoln allowing just 25.7 points per game and Monroe allowing just 21.3 points per game.
This is sure to be a close game between two evenly matched teams. West Lincoln will need to find a way to slow down the Redhawks’ passing game and force turnovers. Monroe 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 Monroe due to their more explosive offense and their home field advantage. I predict that the Redhawks will win a close game, 38-35.