WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It's been a tough month for Hoggard head football coach Scott Braswell in regard to his health, but Braswell will be on the sidelines on Friday night at the BB&T Jamboree. In fact he'll also coach in the regular season opener before heading to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for surgery to remove a cancerous tumor.
Hoggard High School is a perennial power in football in our region. The Vikings hope to be more than just a good team this year though. They want to take it to the next level. It's going to be tough to top last season's 12-2 record, but head coach Scott Braswell and the Vikings will certainly give it a try. "We've got a good nucleus of kids. We have some talented players," Braswell said. "We're trying to fill in some holes. We should be able to field a good football team."
In the scheme of things, football has been a perfect distraction for head coach Scott Braswell the past few weeks. Doctors found a cancerous tumor in the coach's lower spine earlier this summer. Later this month, he'll be heading to the internationally known Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to have the tumor removed. "I'm gonna coach this week, and I'll coach next week," Braswell told WWAY. "It's been five months since this was diagnosed. I hate to be away from the team, but I am looking forward to getting this done. The Mayo Clinic will hopefully wake me up on Thursday and tell me that I am cancer free. You're a brave man my friend, well, I don't have a lot of choice. I've got great people around me. I have great coaches here, and they won't miss a beat while I am gone. I have the prayer group and the community, they've been great. I am a lucky guy."
Scott Braswell has type of cancer called chordoma. He's scheuled to undergo surgery on August 26th. He'll have a second surgery on August 28th.