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From Star News Online
With no equipment and no home field, 57 players – most of them fresh-faced kids just out of junior high – showed up at a new school and laid the foundation for a new football team. The year was 1967, and the school was called John T. Hoggard. There were no athletic grounds at the new school, so the folks at Wilmington College, which Dr. Hoggard helped found, allowed the newly named Vikings to practice at Brooks Field. When Coach Bob Kennedy walked onto the field for the first time on Aug. 10, 1967, he was face-to-face with no more than 15 upperclassmen and only two players that tipped the scales past 200 pounds.
From a school that was not completely finished, Kennedy and assistants Jim Hebbe and Rex Hardy began piecing together a football team, preparing for their first game. The team didn’t even have pads. Fifteen days into practice and the new equipment had not arrived yet.
Starting from scratch, Kennedy said the coaches were spending most of their time just getting to know the kids. With only seven days of practice in pads, the Vikings took to the field Sept. 8 at Legion Stadium, the yard with the big stamp of Jurgensen, Gabriel, and Brogden on it. They faced the tough Tabor City Red Devils, coached by former New Hanover star and future state coach of the year Jack Holley. It wasn’t a pretty sight for the admittedly jittery Vikings. They coughed up the ball three times, and the first
But all in all, it was a fairly successful opening season for Hoggard, which tallied four wins against six losses. Hoggard would eventually find success with coach Ray Durham, who led the Vikings to a 9-0-1 record in 1974. In 2000, the homeless Vikings finally got a place to call their own, recently renamed Scott Braswell Stadium, home of the Hoggard Vikings. In 2007 the Hoggard Vikings
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