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Porter Ridge overcomes adversity and defeats West Meck; headed to state semis

By Tim Winters, 12/02/18, 9:00PM EST


Porter Ridge lost their two starting running backs but still managed to defeat West Meck on the road, 42-20 to gain a berth in the 4A State semifinals for the fourth time in school history. 

After injuries sidelined Jaylen Coleman and Malcolm Hines the focus centered on the Pirates senior quarterback Grayson McCall.

McCall shouldered the pressure and delivered carrying the ball 13 times for 143 yards and five touchdowns (a PR Pirates record). In the air, he was 3-for-4 for 70 yards. 

As the QB of a triple-option offense, McCall is more than capable- rushing for a total of 236 yards on 32 carries and seven scores in three playoffs games this month.

The other rushing standout on the evening was sophomore back, Brandon Perry who carried the ball 12 times for 104 yards and scored his first playoff touchdown. 

The strength of the Porter Ridge running game despite injuries plays to the fact that the Pirates offensive line is as strong a unit as you will find in the state of North Carolina.

Defensively, the Pirates did well against a powerful West Meck offense that came into the game scoring 33 points.

Porter Ridge (10-4) will now play in their fourth state semifinal game, their first since 2012. They go on the road for the third straight week playing the undefeated, number one seed, East Forsyth Eagles (13-0) on Friday night in Kernersville, NC.

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