Berth in the state finals on the line for New Hanover Wildcats


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wildcats are close. They’re really close to getting into the 4-A state title game next week. If New Hanover defeats Greenville Rose on Friday the Wildcats will earn a spot in the 4-A state championship game. The Wildcats are past due due because 1991 is the last time New Hanover High got this far in the football state football. In fact WWAY’s Trot Nixon was the quarterback of New Hanover in 1991. Earl Smith is the New Hanover head coach now.

Friday night will mark the fourth consecutive home state playoff game for New Hanover. The Wildcats will host an explosive Greenville Rose team. Rose’s main scoring threat is Cornell Powell. He’s a Clemson commit. Powell scored six touchdowns last year against New Hanover in the first round of the state playoffs.

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“Like us they have a lot of weapons, especially the one Powell young man who hurt us last year in the state playoffs,” per New Hanover coach Earl Smith. “We just have to keep doing what we’ve doing on defense and get some third and longs and get some sacks, get some interceptions, create some turnovers and hopefully offensively we can control the ball.”

Tickets on game day will be $8 at Legion Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm. We’ll have highlights of Rose-New Hanover on Friday’s 11pm newscast on WWAY.