WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Heading into every sports season, there’s always questions that players, coaches and fans have about the upcoming year. The 2018 football season is certainly no different. We have plenty of intriguing storylines to follow this season, these are our top 5.
Starting with our fifth biggest question, can the Trask Titans get over the hump?
The Titans have put together back to back historic seasons beating top program marks in each of them, but they still are in search of that top to bottom dominant season.
Injuries derailed what was a very impressive season, ultimately costing them a spot in the playoffs. Will they make it in this year.
Which brings us to #4: who wins Pender County?
Last year it was Topsail, the year before Trask. That would lead one to believe with returning stars and returning coach Tim Smith it could be Pender’s year. It would be their first Pender sweep in some time.
Another big rivalry from a year ago was the big three in the Three Rivers, our third storyline.
South Columbus, Whiteville and East Bladen finished the season in a three way tie atop of the conference standings. Each team made a deep run in the state playoffs, but each fell just short.
Can we see another tie? Or will one of the three once and for all say “this is our conference”.
#2 is our coaching changes coming into the year.
How will Bryan Davis with North Brunswick, Brett Hickman with West Brunswick and JP Price with Whiteville do in their first years at the helms of their new teams?
Each assume groups with plenty of stars, but Price has to coach around East Bladen and South Columbus while Davis and Hickman have to deal with Hoggard and New Hanover. It’s no small task.
That brings us to #1: Can New Hanover make it back-to-back?
As an area, Southeastern North Carolina have won or has been in the state championship almost every year for the past multiple years. New Hanover has the chance to make it back-to-back. The question is can their offense carry their defense? A group who lost all but three starters from a year ago.
We’ll start to learn these answers and more when the regular season begins August 17th.