In a showdown between two top teams in the 4A division, (3) Hoggard emerged victorious with a technical knockout to secure the regional championship title on Friday.
The Vikings scored 34 consecutive points against (5) Cardinal Gibbons, easily securing a 41-20 victory. This puts them on track to compete in the state championship game for the first time since their 2007 win.
During the first quarter, with the score tied at 7-7, Hoggard High School’s senior quarterback, Hudson Wilharm, made a significant impact by running for a 50-yard touchdown and shifting the momentum in his team’s favor.
The Vikings defense made a quick response with a big play of their own. Kamar Fulton intercepted Gannon Jones on the first play of the next drive, returning the ball to Wilharm and the offense.
Following a successful exploit of a 4th down offside penalty, Hoggard scored another touchdown. Senior Tamear Webb powered his way into the end zone from a distance of 3 yards, giving the Vikings a strong start to their momentum.
The following drive for Cardinal Gibbons resulted in the same outcome. Jones was intercepted once again, this time by Rylan Edwards, resulting in another touchdown for Hoggard.
Webb easily completed the 62-yard drive for the Vikings offense, scoring another goal line touchdown.
A successful block of a punt resulted in a 50-yard field goal by Damian Bounds shortly after, bringing the score to 31-7 in favor of Hoggard at halftime.
In the third quarter, Webb scored his third touchdown of the night, making the second half feel like a mere formality with 5:05 remaining.
Hoggard, leading 41-7, appeared satisfied to end the game and wait for their 14th consecutive win.
Next week, the Vikings will face Weddington from the West bracket as they aim for their second state championship.