About Hoggard Football

“Football is like life. It requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and respect for authority.”   Vince Lombardi

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Team History

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 score line in the Vikings football history reads: Tabor City 28, Hoggard 0. 

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 were crowned the 4A State Champions.

A Tradition of Winning

We will build on the winning tradition of Hoggard Football by focusing on mental and physical training and by supporting one another as we build both individual and team character.

 

Hoggard Football Mission Statement

2007

State Champions

1974

Conference Champions

1988

Conference Champions

1998-1999

Conference Champions

2002-2009

Conference Champions

2013-2014

Conference Champions

2016-2018

Conference Champions

Spring 2021

Conference Champions

Viking Football in the News

Hoggard Vikings in the NCAA

Class of 2019

Anthony Schiavone, WR – Campbell University

Isaiah Kemp, CB – Duke University

Liam Crowley, LS – East Carolina University

Chris Toudle, WR – NC State University

Cade Edwards, S – Randolph-Macon University

Class of 2018

Reece Moulton, DB – Campbell University

Austin Edwards, TE – Chowan University

Christian Hollar, LB – Lafayette University

McKenzie Frazier, DL – Louisburg University

Josh Jones, QB – UNC Pembroke

Class of 2017

 Collin Hairr, WR – Davidson College

Alex Halkias, OL – Randolph-Macon University

Class of 2016

Hunter Louthan, TE – Davidson College

 

 

Class of 2008

Jonathan Cooper, K – University of North Carolina

 

 

Class of 2004

Conor Barth, K – University of North Carolina

 

 

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We're a brotherhood on the field and a family off the field.  Join our football family and get involved. Our volunteers contribute greatly to the success of our team.

Team Sponsors

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Port City Neurosurgery

Masonboro Family Medicine

Newman Bros Construction

Browning Orthodontics

Dr. Arne DDS - Coastal Carolina Oral

Old North State Wealth Management

Benchmark Physical Therapy

Bill Boyer Broker/Realtor Intracoastal Realty Corp.

Cape Fear Pharmacy

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Some volunteer to give back, some volunteer to pay it forward, and some volunteer because they want to be part of an organization making a difference in the lives of so many.  Whatever your reason, we have a role that will fit what you are able to give.  Join the Hoggard Football family today, we can't wait to meet you!