Vikings feel confident about facing Forrest

Friday, October 24, 2008
The Viking offense may have some surprises in store for the Rockets in their showdown tonight in Chapel Hill. (T-G Photo by Jimmy Jones)

The Community Vikings are coming off of their best outing of the year to take on Region 5-A playoff minded Forrest in Chapel Hill tonight.

The Vikings (1-7, 1-6 5-A) are coming off of a closely contested 31-27 loss to Middle Tennessee Christian last week in which they got three touchdown passes and 283 yards through the air from senior quarterback Justin Stallings.

"We have a lot of positives to build off of from last week's game," Viking coach Johnnie Frost said. "We have had a real good week of practice and we feel that we have a good game plan in place. We like our chances if we can eliminate a couple of the errors from our last game."

Community goes into the game primed by the fact that they dominated almost every offensive statistical category in last year's game including total offense, time of possession and first downs as the two teams combined for over 600 yards of offense in a highly entertaining, yet intensely played effort from both squads.

The motivation factors for the Rockets can be measured four-fold in that it is their homecoming game, Senior night, state championship rings will be presented to their softball players, and most importantly, they are tied for the last playoff spot in the region.

Those same factors can work two ways as a Viking victory in Chapel Hill would not only gain them the respect that they seek, but would put a huge damper on the festivities as well as knock a big hole in the Rocket's season aspirations.

"We still have a lot of pride in our program and the kids fully realize what is at stake in this game," Frost said. "We have had some success against them in certain situations but they are well coached and will be ready to counter that this time around.

"We may have some surprises, some things they haven't seen from us on offense for this game."

The Rockets (5-3, 4-3) are brimming with confidence after running over, around and through Clarksville Academy in a game where they amassed 466 yards on the ground and intercepted the opposing quarterback five times in their 28-21 road victory to keep their playoff hopes alive last week.

The Vikings enter the week in good shape physically, with every member of their roster available for the game, while the Rockets have fought the injury bug all year long.

"We have several seniors that haven't been able to get a win against this team in our short football history," Frost said. "They are aware of that trend and would like nothing better than to turn that around in this game.

"We feel that we are prepared to play. We just have to play within ourselves and to our potential. "We can play with anybody in our region if we do those things."

Kickoff is set for 7:30.