Porter Ridge and Weddington remain as the two final Union County teams still alive in the football postseason. Both continue to register impressive wins on the road and will need to do it one more time in their regional-final games.
Last week, it was Weddington squaring off against an undefeated team in Watauga, and this time around, Porter Ridge will face the 13-0 East Forsyth Eagles.
East Forsyth comes into this 4A regional final with an offense scoring 44 points per game and a more balanced attack than the Pirates faced last week in their win against West Meck. Porter Ridge will also be up against one of the best defenses in the state- East Forsyth is holding opponents to 12.1 points per game.
The Pirates have been running the ball effectively all season, and that has carried over into the playoffs. The big question mark coming into the game will be the health of the two PR running backs, Jaylen Coleman and Malcolm Hines as both left last week’s game with injuries.
In my opinion, senior quarterback Grayson McCall is playing his best stretch of football of his high school career, and he will need another top performance tonight especially if he is without the services of Coleman and Hines. McCall is coming off a five-touchdown game, and I expect his arm and legs will get another workout.
Weddington will meet Mount Tabor tonight in the 3AA regional final in Winston-Salem. The Warriors enter this final scoring 38 points per game and holding opponents to 12.4.
The offense is coming off their best running game of the season racking up 388 yards against Watauga. Will Shipley rushed for 166 yards and three scores, but the breakout game by a back in this one for me was Wayne Dixie who carried the ball 20 times for 131 yards and one score. The senior hit his holes, made decisive cuts and ran with intent.
Offensively, I would expect Weddington to open up their offense and balance out their attack a bit more tonight against Mount Tabor. On the other side of the ball, it's hard for me to see how any team will be able to sustain long drives that can capitalize against this Weddington defense. In the playoffs, Weddington is holding opponents to an outstanding 6.7 points per game.
Included in the stat comparisons below, you will also see the picks of Brian Simmons. Last week Brian was 2-0 (100.0%) on picking winners, 2-0 against the spread. Overall, in the postseason, Simmons is 8-4 (66.7%) picking winners and 6-5 (54.5%) against the spread.