WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Hoggard Vikings are a well-rested football team after their bye week in the 4AA high school state football playoffs.
On Friday night, the No. 2 seeded Vikings get back into action when they host Garner at Scott Braswell Stadium at 7 p.m.
During the bye week, the Vikings didn’t know who they would be playing, but that didn’t much matter to coach Craig Underwood and his team.
“We worked on fundamentals that we need to improve on,” Underwood said of his team’s practice routine during the bye week. “We were able to do a lot of that last week and focus on that. We built some depth, and I took a lot of positives out of last week.”
Underwood said he believes this year’s ever-changing schedule because of Hurricane Florence has made having a week off easier for the players and coaches.
“So far, this team has shown a great maturity and have handled open weeks, schedule changes,” said Underwood. “I think it was a great thing for us.”
Hoggard and Garner have a common opponent. In Week 4, New Hanover beat the Trojans 41-40. The Vikings handled New Hanover 38-0.
“They have good size, good speed on both sides of the football,” Underwood said of Garner. “They are a good challenge, but I feel like our guys will have a great week and get ready and it should be a great atmosphere on Friday night.”