WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — “If you like high school football you’ll want to go to Legion Stadium on Friday night.” That’s the first thing Scott Braswell had to say about Friday’s game.
That’s where Hoggard will look to extend their winning streak over their cross town rivals, the New Hanover Wildcats. 1995 was the last time New Hanover beat Hoggard, making it 15 in a row for the Vikings.
In 2007, Hoggard beat New Hanover 21-0 en route to the state championship and a perfect 15-0 season. But in recent years, New Hanover has had their chances.
In 2008, New Hanover came close. They looked to be driving for a winning score late in the game, but a fumble gave the ball back to Hoggard. Quarterback Brad Busby was able to break free, his touchdown run was the difference as Hoggard pulled out a 14-6 win.
In 2009, New Hanover and Hoggard both entered undefeated in the league. With the streak and the Mideastern championship on the line, Hoggard was able to make one more big play winning 16-10.
Last year, New Hanover came in with a 6-4 record while Hoggard was just 3-7. But records often mean little when it comes to a rivalry. Hoggard slowed the game down, played their style of football, and despite being the underdogs, the Vikings defended their home turf with a 19-6 win.
The question seems to be, can New Hanover get Hoggard to play a high scoring uptempo game?
New Hanover enters this year’s clash averaging 42.2 points per contest. However during the afforementioned 2007 to 2010 span, the cats have mustered only five and a half points per game against Hoggard.
For those involved, it is more about what takes place on the field than what’s happened in recent years. New Hanover head coach Kevin Motsinger is focused on preparing his team for the 20-11 Hoggard Vikings and isn’t concerned about the past.
Kickoff is 7:30 at Legion Stadium. Tickets go on sale at Hoggard and New Hanover starting Thursday morning. $6 for adults. $4 for students.
Click play video in order to hear from both head coaches and several of the players who will be playing in this backyard rivalry contest on Friday.