WILMINGTON — Yet again, a star athlete at Hoggard High School is in trouble with the law. For the second time in three months a top running back for the state champs is facing drug charges.
You might remember back in October, Hoggard football star Rashad Williams was arrested on drug charges. Ironically enough, it’s his replacement who is facing charges this time.
Police arrested 16-year-old Shawn Sidbury Saturday, just off Wrightsville Avenue. Investigators say the teen had marijuana and ecstasy on him.
Sidbury replaced Rashad Williams in October as Hoggard’s top running-back and helped lead the team to a state championship title in early December.
The principal of Hoggard high says he doesn’t think the arrests will cast a shadow on the team’s recent accomplishments.
"Mistakes are made, by us all, and we deal with them and move on," Hoggard High School Principal Dave Spencer said. "I don’t think anyone can take away from the accomplishments of those players and coaches."
Spencer says this year the school worked with the district attorney and UNCW to try and teach students about the consequences of substance abuse.
District Attorney Ben David says he spoke with about 800 students at Hoggard earlier this year and addressed the exact issue the two football players were arrested for.
Sidbury has already made his first court appearance; his case has been continued until the January 24. If Sidbury is convicted of felony charges he is ineligible to play football for the rest of high school.
Rashad Williams pled down to misdemeanor charges in November.