The match was tied at five points with 11 minutes remaining, but (3) Hoggard had a sudden surge and scored 28 points in the fourth quarter, ultimately defeating (11) Laney 43-10.
With 11 minutes remaining and a score of 15-10, Laney had possession of the ball in their own territory. However, they were unable to make up the deficit and ultimately did not advance any further.
Josiah Gillespie intercepted a pass from Laney’s quarterback, Kolbe Little, and scored a touchdown, giving Hoggard a 22-10 advantage.
During the subsequent drive, Little threw another interception. Rylan Edwards caught his second pass of the day but then dropped the ball at the 10-yard line. Malakahi West recovered the loose ball and scored, increasing Hoggard’s lead to 29-10.
Hoggard’s final two touchdowns were made on the offensive side. Javion Joseph-Fontaine ran for a five-yard touchdown and Tamear Webb scored a 75-yard touchdown, securing Hoggard’s 43-10 victory.
Scoring was difficult before the final quarter, however.
Edwards’ initial interception occurred during the opening quarter. He ran it back to the Laney 3-yard line, but the offense was unable to score a touchdown. Instead, Hoggard settled for a 26-yard field goal by Tobias Brubaker. Later in the quarter, Webb scored with a one-yard run. This gave Hoggard a 9-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Vikings gained a 15-0 advantage after Hudson Wilharm threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Blake Edwards. However, Hoggard was unable to score again until the fourth quarter.
Laney was presented with an opportunity to make a comeback. Little threw a long 82-yard pass to Hampton Roderick, scoring for the Bucs and narrowing Hoggard’s lead to 15-7. Just before halftime, Robbie Feamster kicked a 23-yard field goal, bringing the Bucs to a score of 15-10 at halftime.
However, in the fourth quarter, Laney’s performance deteriorated after a scoreless third quarter from both teams.
Next Friday night, Hoggard (12-1) will visit Cleveland (2) in the fourth round of the playoffs. On Thursday night, Cleveland beat New Bern (10) 56-13 to move on to the quarterfinals.
Hoggard and Cleveland faced each other during the first week of the season in Wilmington. The Rams emerged victorious with a score of 28-20, which is the only defeat Hoggard has experienced this season.
Laney’s season came to a close with a loss, resulting in an overall record of 10-3.