Prime 10 Wilmington Excessive Faculty Soccer Video games to Watch This Fall
The football season is fast approaching, and what better way to look forward to our return to the grate with a peek inside the crystal ball?
As the teams prepare for their first official training session on Monday, these are my tips for the top 10 games to look forward to this fall. The list is in chronological order, beginning and ending with two of the oldest rivalries in the Wilmington area.
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Whiteville in West Brunswick, August 27th:
The annual battle between the Trojans and the Wolfpack returns after a spring season with no games without a conference. West Brunswick beat Whiteville 21-0 in 2019, the latest edition of the rivalry that started a formidable two-year run in Shallotte.
This game will also feature two of the state’s best recruits in the 2022 class. West Brunswick linebacker Carter Wyatt (Duke) is number 24 in North Carolina while Whiteville linebacker Daejuan Thompson (NC State) is number 22 on 247sports.com.
Wake Forest in Hoggard, September 3rd:
The Vikings’ final fall non-conference test will be their toughest and welcome a Cougars program that has won three state championships in the past five years. Wake Forest defeated Hoggard 13-0 in the third round of the 2019 NCHSAA 4AA Playoffs.
Sam Jones, Jaxon King and Co. are favorites to win the Mideastern Conference this season, but we will get a clear idea of where they stand in the state’s 4A landscape after two straight games against Scotland and Wake Forest.
West Brunswick in Hoggard, September 17th:
The two best MEC teams from last season will open their conference slates against each other. These teams have had two of the league’s better defenses in each of the past three seasons, but Hoggard flashed West Brunswick with a 27-0 win in March.
Still, the Trojans will have a lot of faith after defeating Hoggard in 2019 for the first time in 22 years.
South Brunswick at Topsail, September 17th:
Another MEC kick-off, both teams will be introducing new quarterbacks, new wide receivers and experienced running backs this fall.
South Brunswick’s Danny Parker and Topsail’s DeMark Howell are the two most established ball carriers in the area this year. If you have a better game, you could lead your team to a 1-0 start to the conference.
Topsail in North Brunswick, October 1st:
This will be a game of rematch for the Pirates, who saw their playoff hopes shattered when they lost 31:28 to North Brunswick in the final week of the regular spring season.
Topsail is engraved in the top half of the MEC pecking order. North Brunswick has the ambition to crack the top 4 and this game will go a long way in determining both teams’ chances this fall.
Laney in New Hanover, October 8th:
Laney head coach Luke Little makes no secret that his program is looking to consistently compete with New Hanover and Hoggard in the near future, and this will be the Buccaneers’ first chance to prove their progress this fall.
Is this the time of year to turn the tide? Laney is entering his second season under Little and New Hanover has many gaps to fill on the offensive. Even so, New Hanover hasn’t lost to Laney since 2008. The teams didn’t play in the spring after the Wildcats season was canceled due to COVID-19 logs and this could well be a big game in the race for a 4A playoff spot.
South Brunswick in Ashley, October 8th:
These teams have played some exciting games over the past few years, with three of their last five games ending with less than 10 points.
The Screaming Eagles are still looking for their first MEC win under Wilson Helms, and a 30:21 loss to South Brunswick was the next time they hit that hurdle last spring. In the meantime, the Cougars and head coach Rocky Lewis will see this game as yet another opportunity to beat a 4A Wilmington school and continue the program’s rise in the league.
North Brunswick in West Brunswick, October 15th:
West Brunswick has made tremendous progress under head coach Brett Hickman. North Brunswick has similar goals, with Bryan Davis running a growing program in Leland. The Trojans had to overtake the Scorpions with a 14: 6 win in Shallotte last season.
With the new structure of the MEC, Brunswick County High Schools will form all three 3A teams in the league. This game could tell the story of which Brunswick School secured the league’s automatic spot in the NCHSAA playoffs.
Pender at Trask, October 29th:
The Pender County rivalry returns to the final week of the regular season as part of the new Waccamaw conference.
In a shortened spring season, Pender won three games for the first time since 2017. Tom Eanes has steered the Patriots in the right direction while this is an opportunity for Brandon Proctor and the Titans to get some momentum against their biggest rival.
New Hanover in Hoggard, October 29th:
The winner of that game has won the Mideastern Conference for each of the past eight seasons, but Wilmington’s biggest soccer rivalry is gaining momentum this year as the Wildcats return to the 4A classification, adding serious playoff implications to the grudge game.
Hoggard tied New Hanover 19-13 to open last spring to spark their unbeaten regular season. The road team has won each of the last three meetings between the two schools.
Reporter Jackson Fuller can be reached at [email protected] or 910-343-2262.