Pirates preparing for 14-0 North Davidson
Porter Ridge High’s football team takes the road for the first time this postseason on Friday, when the Pirates travel to North Davidson in the 4A state semifinals.
The Pirates, who are in the semifinals for the third straight year, enter the matchup with a 12-1 record. The Knights, champions of the Central Piedmont Conference, are 14-0.
North Davidson is outscoring its opponents by an average of 26 points this season. The Knights have playoff victories over Western Guilford (45-17), Dudley (36-26) and Mount Tabor (20-14).
In last Friday’s quarterfinal win over Mount Tabor, Knights quarterback Chase Mitchell was 12-of-21 for 121 yards. Knights senior tailback Devonte Moore rushed 23 times for 125 yards and a touchdown.
North Davidson goes big at times in the red zone. Shy Tuttle (6-3, 290) scored on a 3-yard scoring run.
Mitchell, a senior, has thrown for 1,417 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. Moore has 950 yards and 10 TDs on the ground.
Until last Friday’s 28-21 win over archrival Sun Valley, Porter Ridge had not given up more than 14 points in a game the entire season.
The Pirates are allowing just 7.3 ppg on the year and have five shutouts. They’re giving up 9.0 ppg in their three playoff wins.
“Survive and advance,” said Porter Ridge coach Blair Hardin, when asked about his team giving up a season-high 21 points on Friday. “I don’t care how many points we give up as long as we have more than the other team.”
Senior middle linebacker Austin Moore leads the Pirates with 84 tackles on the year, senior weakside linebacker Bruce Randall has 77 stops and junior strongside LB Nick Vagnone is third on the team with 71.
Pirates senior kicker Matt Wogan, who has committed to Oregon, had five punts for an average of 46.8 yards per kick on Friday.
Wogan’s longest punt of the night was a career-best 72-yarder.
Wogan also put all five of his kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks and was 4-of-4 on extra points.
For the season, Wogan is averaging 43.8 yards per punt and 15 of his 44 punts have been inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.
Wogan has 76 touchbacks on 81 kickoffs and has connected on eight field goals in 2012. He’s also made 54 extra points.
Over his four-year career, Wogan has made 22 field goals and 217 extra points — both school records.