WHEN: Today, 7:30 p.m.
RECORDS: Hickory Ridge 7-3 overall, 4-2 Southwestern 4A Conference; Porter Ridge 6-4, 3-3 Southwestern 4A
COACHES: Hickory Ridge’s Jupiter Wilson is in his first season (7-3); Porter Ridge’s Mike Hertz is in his fourth season (31-19)
LAST MEETING: Hickory Ridge lost by forfeit last year.
BROADCAST: NFHS Network
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Hickory Ridge: quarterback Kobe Clifton, running back Nolan Carey Jr., running back Mookie McWilliams, receivers Christian Hamilton and Derrick Brinton II, safety Tyrell Davis, safety Carlton Hunt, linebacker Cooper Williams, kicker Riley Stubbs, linebackers Charlie Blazi, Joey Tuders and Riley Rowe; Porter Ridge: senior quarterback Mason Cox, junior running back Brandon Perry, senior running back Alex Chapman, senior running back Kirkland Harris, senior wide receiver Anthony McClintock, senior wide receiver Nick Horstkamp, senior linebacker Connor Henderson, senior linebacker Dylan Burdette, senior defensive lineman Cristopher Capers, senior defensive lineman Davidson Carroll, senior defensive back Amani Miller
MATCHUP: Hickory Ridge faces Porter Ridge’s option attack. Of course, the Pirates mostly stick to the run, but they’ve been able to pick up chunks passing, too. A win would give the Bulls sole possession of third place, so they’re playing for better playoff positioning.
-- Jay Boyd