Porter Ridge: The Pirates (7-5 & 4-2) will continue to build and improve under 2nd year head coach Mike Hertz. Junior QB Grayson McCall has improved each of his two years under center and is expected to continue after throwing for 931 yards and 11 TDs last season. McCall ran for 590 yards and 8 TDs which makes him the Pirates leading returning rusher. Senior tailback William Kilgo saw limited action with just 46 carries in 2016 for 337 yards and 3 TDs. Senior speedster Austin Richardson (ECU) anchors the Pirate receiving corps after 18 catches for 370 yards and 5 TDs returns. KJ Walker is the 2nd leading receiver back for his senior year with 240 yards on 9 receptions and 2 TDS.
Defensively the Pirates lost their top 3 tacklers from 2016.2017 UCHSF POY candidate Matt Cambria returns after registering 50 stops last year and had 3 interceptions. Senior DB Jake Horstkamp ,1st Team All-UCHSF will be leading the defensive backfield after picking off six passes in 2016. The Pirates will open up the 2017 season hosting the Cuthbertson Cavaliers on August 18th.