Furthermore, the Patriots have received votes in statewide polls for the top 10 Class A private schools.
Mt. Pisgah currently owns wins over Mt. Vernon Presbyterian (48-14), Class AA foe Model (29-10) and Our Lady of Mercy (17-16).
“The biggest factor for success has been our mental toughness,” Mt. Pisgah head coach Mike Forester said. “For us to go on the road to Model and beat a good 2A school and having a comeback win against Our Lady of Mercy demonstrates our toughness.”
Leading the way on offense has been All-State candidate, junior quarterback Aaron Winchester, who had 129 yards rushing in the comeback win over OLM.
He arguably had the best overall game of his career in the Patriots victory over Model, passing for 238 yards with four touchdowns along with running for 85 yards on the ground.
“Aaron has been a real leader who backs up his talk with his play and we wouldn’t be 3-0 without him,” Forester said.
The offensive weapons for the Patriots are extensive with Oz Dixon, Patrick Messenger and Tommy Pic each making major plays for the undefeated squad on the outside or in the backfield.
“Our offensive line has been very effective with young guys like Jack Geir and Nick Bernier stepping up and having big games for us,” Forester stated.
The defensive unit has also been sturdy for Mt. Pisgah, allowing a Region 6B-A low 13 points against per game. Standouts have included defensive end Shinggi Chigwere, who had a season-high 12 tackles and two sacks against OLM, along with linebackers JR Cendoya and Nick Piccapetra. The secondary tandem of Jacob Delk and Ian Ainsworth has manned the backline for the Patriots.
Mt. Pisgah travels to Florence, Ala., facing Wilson in a non-region road contest on Friday.
“This will help us in region play because we’ll have to go to King’s Ridge and Mt. Paran later in the season,” Forester said.
“Those are two good teams we’ll have to beat at their place in order to make the playoffs.”