By WECT Staff | April 14, 2021 at 11:53 PM EDT – Updated April 14 at 11:55 PM
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – The unbeaten Hoggard High School Vikings will advance in the state 4-AA football playoffs without having to play a game. The third-seeded Vikings’ first-round opponent, sixth-seeded Leesville Road High School, must forfeit because of COVID-19 protocols in the program.
“The disappointment of not completing the season on the field of play is tangible and real; however, long term health and safety of our student athletes has to be our number one priority,” Rogers tweeted.
The 7-0 Vikings will now await the winner of Rolesville and Holly Springs in the second round.
In 2019, Leesville Road finished as the 4-AA state runner-up, advancing to the state championship for the first time in school history.
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