Behind Enemy Lines –
By: Paul Davis
Since 1995, eight games have been decided by 7 points or
And over the life of the rivalry which dates back to 1919,
According to spartanburgfan.com, the key to a
Viking’s victory will be their establishing the run and creating a short field
on defense. And, they predict whoever scores two touchdowns usually wins.
That’s one take on the game.
The Vikings, who are ranked 8th by the High
School Sports Report, run an uncomplicated yet sound offense off the “I”
formation and its variations.
Their quarterback, senior Chris Bain (5-10, 173) was the
backup to Nick Prochak last year. His backup, Markus Robinson, broke his ankle
in the preseason and wont’ be available for some time.
Bain typically lines up under center with one or two backs
and two or three wide-outs in a run-oriented offense.
Three offensive linemen are returning, center Jake Scoggins
(5-9, 246), left tackle Ronnie Brown (6-3, 276), and right guard Boby Copeland
Though run oriented, Bain is good with short passes and
will throw to his tight end on occasion. Zycorrian Robinson (5-8, 150) and
Cameron Anderson (6-2, 172) are his favorite receivers. And
The one to watch is Alton Norris (5-9, 183, 4.47 speed),
their talented running back who is their major offensive threat. As a junior,
Norris had 116 carries for 563 yards and 6 touchdowns in a secondary role. As
“the man” this year, he is expected to be the workhorse of the Vikings
ground attack. If the Jackets can contain Norris, it could be a long night for
When it comes to the kicking game, the “cupboard is
bare,” as Doc Davis, long-time Viking’s coach put it. So far in the
pre-season, they have been able to get the ball to the 20-25 yard line on
kickoffs, punts around 35 yards, and can hit 25-yard field goals.
On defense, they’ll probably go with a 3-3 this year but
may switch to a 4-2. Their defensive line is rated excellent as is their
secondary. But, “…we lost every one of our linebackers,” said Coach Doc
Davis. Filling the gap will be seniors Tim Flucker (6-0, 207), Craig Williams
(5-8, 157), and Damon Brisco (5-9, 160) who did see playing time at outside
linebacker. And they like to blitz them.
The defensive line will be anchored by junior Dylan Taylor
(5-10, 245) who has some varsity experience. They are considered to be good
against the run.
Their secondary is one of their real strengths and can be
found in cover three or a three deep zone.
is much improved over last year. But are they improved enough?
© Paul L Davis,
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