'We want to build a bond not a rivalry'

'We want to build a bond not a rivalry'

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by DOUG KUFNER / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 22 at 6:40 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Friday nights in the fall are a real juggling act for a family of North Carolina high school football coaches.

Hall of Famer Bruce Hardin is entering his 48th season of coaching at the high school and college level, six of those on the sidelines at Providence Day School.

"It's a lot of fun for everybody and every school right now," the Chargers Head Coach said about Friday's opening night of the season.

While Hardin will be focused on his team's match up with Victory Christian, he'll also be keeping tabs on a couple of other games. That's because his twin sons are also high school football head coaches.

"We really don't think about it just ‘cause it's natural for us," Justin Hardin said. He's three minutes older than his brother Blair and set to begin his first season as head coach of the Providence Panthers.

Blair is also beginning a new chapter in his career. After leading Porter Ridge to football prominence, he's now hoping to sustain success that the Freedom program has enjoyed over the past three seasons.

"As soon as our game's over at Freedom, I'm gonna call him (Justin) and our kids are gonna want to know how Providence did."

"We want to build a bond not a rivalry." 

Providence opens the season Friday night at home against Hough. Freedom welcomes East Burke in Blair Hardin's first game in Morganton. You'll see highlights of both games on the season debut of the Friday Night Frenzy. 

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