Wyatt Smith’s Game of the Week Preview- Week 3: Northern Guilford @ Northwest Guilford

R.L. Billings Stadium, on the campus of Northwest Guilford High School, will be packed tomorrow night when the arch-rival Northern Nighthawks travel up 150 West to take on the Vikings. This is one of the most heated rivalries in Guilford county these days, and with the Vikings determined to collect their first victory on the field against the Nighthawks in school history, Northern will look to feed off the energy from the rivalry to spark a lack-luster start to the 2016 football season as well as head coach Erik Westberg’s Northern coaching career.

Northwest’s start to 2016 has been anything but lack-luster. Although some will argue that the Vikings have yet to meet a worthy opponent, it is hard to overlook the numbers that Northwest’s offense has produced in just two games this season. The Vikings have scored 106 points on 836 total yards offensive yards. The difference between the 2015 and 2016 Vikings is sound play at the quarterback position. The main struggles for the Vikings last season came from a lack of continuity at the position. Early into the season they have fixed that problem, with junior Jacob Leonard and Appalachian commit  Thomas Hennigan.

Northern opened their season last week at home with a 48-0 loss to Page. The Nighthawks will have to get their offense rolling if they are going to keep themselves in this game, because Northwest is going to score. You have to believe that it was a long week for the Northern players, and that Coach Westberg has done everything he can to prepare his team for battle. If the Nighthawks are going to win, they will need a big performance from senior RB Myron (M.J.) Frazier, no matter what, Northern must keep the ball out of the Vikings’ offense as much as possible.

It should be noted that things looked very similar last season, with Northwest riding a (2-0) record, and Northern coming off a blow-out loss to Page. The Nighthawks beat the Vikings 21-13…



Northern Guilford   6

Northwest Guilford   42


  1. Tomorrow will be the worst beat down in Northern school history! The Page beating was bad but this will be against the team you have been mocking for years with your recruited players! This will also be in front of close to 8K people LOL.

    Calling it NoW! NW will be undefeated going into the playoffs. We have Hennigan d1, Turner d1, Cloud d1, Spicer d1 (B-Ball), Finnie, Selby and maybe the most efficient QB in the area Leonard! Everyone says we play the weakest schedule in the area maybe its just we’re better than everyone in the area now. Chill with the Page and Dudley argument because they have both lost to Northern in the past and Dudley lost to Ragsdale not to long back. Give us a little credit were good and yall can’t stand it! The Rolfes era has begun…He finally has HIS staff in place and the way he has evolved his spread attack he may have made it the most dangerous offense in the area to try and match up against.

    If we go East 4AA we will be this years Page and could very well end up in the Championship game. If we go West it will be tough to beat Butler or Mallard Creek so I could see us a 3rd or 4th rd playoff team depending upon the draw.


    NW – 70
    Northern – 14

  2. We hear the same tired BS every year. Northern is down and this is NW’s year. Tonight will be the same as last year and the year before and the year before. We don’t care how many players you name online, NW will need Cam Newton playing tonight to beat Northern.

    NW won’t be able to run the ball, or pass the ball, and can’t stop us from running, or passing.

    8K people will be disappointed tonight, and have to leave talking about how they will finally take down Northern next year.

    Northern – 35
    Northwest – 14

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