From zero victories to conference champions, the Northeast Vikings' ride over the last three seasons has been remarkable. Unpredictable, too.
By SAM MCDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
Few could have anticipated Northeast winning seven games and the Interscholastic League championship only two years after the Vikings suffered through a winless season. It was their first league football title since 1952.
And just as few would probably pick a repeat season from Northeast after it lost 13 seniors, many of them starters, from last season's team.
Count coach Terry McCray among the select few.
"This wasn't a very positive program on the outside looking in," said McCray, who's in his second year at Northeast. "But once I got over here, I noticed the kids have a passion for football. The ones that come out love the game. Nothing has changed there."
Northeast has asked senior Jordan Beamon to take on a greater role. A year after he picked off nine passes as a cornerback, he is also slated to play wide receiver. As for who will launch the passes, the battle for the starting quarterback position was unsettled entering the week.
"It's going to be a learning curve for our kids offensively," McCray said. "They have to realize they don't need to score a touchdown on every play. There are going to be some negative plays, but if we can do our jobs and bounce back from the negative stuff, we'll be fine."
The defense, meanwhile, has slightly more experience returning, with Kevon Graves and Brandon Nu back on the defensive line.