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North Brunswick (2-2) vs. Hickory Hawks (1-3)

North Brunswick battled to late in the fourth quarter in a 24-21 setback to West Brunswick last week, but the Scorpions are in a good position to gain some confidence heading into Friday’s endowment game against the Hickory Hawks.

Jc Smith. Photo courtesy- Cape Fear Photography.
Jc Smith. Photo courtesy- Cape Fear Photography.

Derrick Blanks was named Farm Bureau of Leland Player of the Week for North Brunswick. Blanks recovered from a torn ACL last season, working hard to make it back on the field.

The Scorpions are 2-0 at home this season and face a Hickory team who has likely not seen the athletic talent North Brunswick brings to the field on the offensive end of the ball. Jathan Deberry seems to have found a comfort zone at quarterback, with Dakota Desfonds able to move the chains in space. Shaquan Graham has also proved to be a valuable asset on both sides of the ball.

Hickory is an independent team sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The Hawks bring together players from private schools that don’t have a football team, home-schooled kids and even a few from local public schools.

Led by Head Coach Jim Ruark, Hickory is off to a 1-3 start coming off their first win last week. 6-foot-2, 280-pound junior Maurice Norris recently caught the attention of as Coach Ruark uses the big man in several ball carrying situations. Click here for the story.

Following the matchup against Hickory, the Scorpions face Ashley on the road (Sept. 30) before opening its conference schedule at home against Croatan on Friday, Oct. 7.