South Carolina trip highlights Viera football’s 2018 schedule


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The Viera High football team will face a challenging schedule in 2018, including a trip to South Carolina in Week 2 to face Fort Dorchester. The Hawks got in some good workouts this spring.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

Viera High School's 2018 football schedule looks much like last year’s slate with one major exception.

After going on the road and winning in Washington D.C., last season, the Hawks will be heading to South Carolina to play Fort Dorchester High School in Week 2 come this fall.

“I’m looking forward to it a lot,” senior Brock Holland said. “As a team, we’re going to put a lot of hard work in practice to get ready for what we’re going to do there.”

It will mark the third time the Hawks have played an out-of-state game. Viera traveled to Allen, Texas, three years ago, then hosted Gonzaga of Washington D.C., in 2016, before concluding the home-and-home series with a win last year.

Holland said the Hawks will be representing “all of Florida” when they visit Fort Dorchester.

“That school doesn’t know what Florida schools are like,” Holland said. “We’re going up there to show them what Florida’s got and what type of talent we have.”

While the South Carolina trip might be one of the highlights of the year for the Hawks, it will hardly be the only big game on Viera’s schedule.

After opening at home against Vero Beach in the Kickoff Classic on Aug. 17, Viera will travel to McLarty Stadium to play Rockledge in what figures to be a highly-charged season opener.

Upon returning from South Carolina, the Hawks will travel to Kissimmee to play Osceola and then head to Merritt Island before finally playing a string of four consecutive home games.

Those opponents will be Cocoa, Melbourne, Palm Bay and Martin County. Viera will finish the season on the road against South Fork and Heritage.

“Osceola’s going to be a formidable opponent every year. Fort Dorchester’s one of the best programs in South Carolina. I think (first-year coach) Hurlie Brown’s going to do a good job at Merritt Island and don’t count out (coach) Dan Burke at Palm Bay High,” Viera coach Derek Smith said. “That’s six teams right there that are going to be great football teams.”