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Vikes host Huntland, hope for 2nd straight

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Community had five takeaways from the Cougars last week, and hope to repeat the defensive performance this week with a solid outing against the Huntland Hornets. A key part of those takeaways was a solid performance by the defensive secondary.
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Last week, the Community Vikings (2-4, 1-2 9-A) made school history with a 44-0 win against the MTCS Cougars.

With the last week's accomplishments and win in the rear view mirror, the Vikings are by no means satisfied as they take aim at the Huntland Hornets on Friday night.

Tough, physical opponent

"Huntland's always been a tough, physical team. They'll battle tooth and nail because they've never been beaten by us. If they want a chance to get in the playoffs, they need this district win as much as we do," said Community coach Johnnie Frost.

Last week's blowout win gave the Vikings their first district win of the season.

Community capitalized on five turnovers against the Cougars, including three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

"It's always important. The turnover battle plays a huge part in that. That's something we consistently practice on," Frost said.

In order for the Purple and Gold to continue their successes and win two-straight, Community has to work on the little things and continue to minimize the miscues that struck the Vikings in the first part of the season.

"We have to work on correcting the mistakes and building on the positives," Frost said.

Focus on tradition

But even with the firsts accomplished last week, the Vikings are intent on using those as laying the foundation for continued successes.

"If we focus on too much on all these things, than we could lose ourselves in that. But we have to continue to stay hungry and to continue to push forward. We have to continue those firsts into traditions. That's the thing that we're trying to build here," Frost said.

With those in mind, Community has spent countless hours working on bettering the team and minimizing the errors.

"A lot of these things that we've been working hard on are starting to show up in the second half of the year," Frost said.

Last week, the Vikings accounted for 370 total offensive yards against the Cougars. With a deadly pass attack, as well as an effective ground game, Community will look to bring another balanced attack the field against the Hornets.

On Friday night, expect to see a physical game up front against the visiting Hornets and a fast-paced play style.

In order for the Purple and Gold to pick up a homecoming victory against the Hornets, the Vikings will have to stop the run game.
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"We're going to continue to press the game and do the things that we've worked so hard so far to keep our tempo up and be physical," Frost said.

Morale boost

A win for either squad boosts not only team morale, but gives both teams a chance to climb the district ladder.

"If we can win here, that will prove to our kids that if we continue to stay the course, success can be unlimited. It's something I think that will give us an incredible boost for the rest of the season. Now they're starting to believe that they can play with anybody," Frost said.

The Vikings kickoff their 2012 homecoming game against the Hornets at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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