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