The Trojan varsity football team hosts New Hanover at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 in the final regular season home game of the year.
The Wildcats come to Shallotte undefeated in the Mideastern Conference with a 7-1 overall record.
“They look like a New Hanover team. They are very talented on defense. They do a really good job of being really physical on the perimeter and running to the ball. They have some really talented backers, so it will definitely be a challenge,” West Brunswick head football coach Caleb Pardue said.
“Offensively, watching the Topsail film, I feel like, we are probably a very comparable team. Topsail was up at halftime or was right there (against New Hanover) and then the game kind of got out of whack for them. If we come out and have a good week of prep, we’ve got chance. It’s just going to be whether or not we can play one snap at a time and not get really worried about everything else that’s outside of our realm control.”
“We’ve got a lot of guys banged up and got some injuries and so it’ll be a challenge but like I told the guys, we’ve still got to play the game and we’ll do the best we can. We will try to have a good week of practice and prep and see if we can get one or two here at the end.
“We have still got a chance at the playoffs. We could finish second in 3A in our conference. We are trying to give these seniors something to play for. something to kind of chase after. We will just keep moving and keep trying to figure out a way to win. It will be senior night and we will try to honor these seniors who’ve had a really good career here. We are just trying to finish the season on a high note.”
Pardue said offensive lineman Linden Clemmons is dealing with a back injury while Jacob Rumsey is still out due to a concussion while other players have the usual nicks that come over a football season.
“Linden, who plays left tackle for us, he’s got a bad back and it is something that’s really outside of his realm of control. He’s played through some pain but, at this point, we’ll see as the week goes along and see where we’re at. Rumsey is still out with a concussion so we’re going to try to work him back in this week a little bit, but I don’t really want to play him that much. We will probably put him on snap count and we have got some other guys that are just banged up,” Pardue said.
“It’s that time of year and, with our depth, we knew going into the season depth would be an issue and so that’s why we have to keep with the younger guys. Keep driving our numbers up and making sure that we’re recruiting as best we can so we don’t get to this point anymore.”
Pardue said there are 14 seniors going into their final regular season home game.
“We will honor them before the game Friday night and try to get them a memorable win. I am definitely proud of them. It has been a year of adversity and they’ve not wavered. It’s tough when you’re having that kind of year. We joked the other night, after the game amongst the coaching staff, it just feels like we can’t we can’t get a ball to bounce our way. Can’t get a call when we need one kind of seems like there’s always one of those calls that breaks our back within the game. Friday night being no different,, get a block in the back called that I didn’t really agree with but, that’s part of life. You just got to keep rolling and dealing with it.