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Four Pirates Sign with Universities
Four Pirate players signed with college teams today during a ceremony at Porter Ridge High School. Family, friends, teammates, coaches, and the press were on hand to see Ryan Dilworth, Chris Duffy, Avery Worsham, and Matt Wogan commit to their four universities.
Today’s signing began with introductions by Athletic Director Bill Rogers. Each senior was then introduced and brought to the stage with his family by Head Football Coach Blair Hardin. Each senior spoke to the gathered audience thanking those who have supported them and then signed with his respective university. This is the first time four players from Porter Ridge have participated in signing day. The four seniors lead the Pirates to their second state championship final.
Pirate Defensive Tackle Ryan Dilworth, accompanied by his father, committed to play at Wingate University here in Union County next year. Ryan had an impressive senior year for the Pirates with a total of eight sacks and 60 tackles, averaging 4 tackles per game.
Pirate Running and Defensive Back Chris Duffy, accompanied by his family, committed to play at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Chris earned offensive player of the year honors from the Union County Weekly recognizing his performance this year. Chris rushed for 1452 yards averaging just under 100 yards per game.
Pirate Defensive Lineman Avery Worsham, accompanied by his parents, signed to play with Western Carolina University. Avery had a total of 8 sacks and 78 tackles this season. He also had one interception.
Pirate Kicker and Punter Matt Wogan, accompanied by his family, signed to play with Oregon University. Matt kicked 11 field goals including a 58-yard attempt that broke a Union County record. Matt is the first Union County player to make the USA Today All-American First Team and was chosen to play in the NC Shrine Bowl.
All four seniors have received recognitions including being named to the 2012 Enquirer Journal All-County Team. All four were also named to the Charlotte Observer’s All Region Team.
Written by: April Dawkins
Posted: Feb 06, 2013 by April Dawkins