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Vikings look to close season on high note

Thursday, October 25, 2012

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Zack James (25) has been a key asset of the Vikings receiver corps. Prior to the 2012 season, James earned al All-State recognition and has lived up to the reputation of being one of the top receivers in the mid-state.
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Last week, the Community Vikings (3-6 2-4 9-A) just couldn't get out of their own way as turnovers plagued the Purple and Gold in a 34-16 loss to undefeated Moore County.

With the season finale on the line, the Vikings look to go out with a bang, and hope for a strong finish with a senior night victory on Friday night against visiting Kings Academy.

"Some of that was a lot of mental focus with the kids and being able to secure the ball properly," said Community coach Johnnie Frost.

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Senior Jesse Cooper (12) has also been a big target for junior quarterback Quinn Frost. Cooper has been able to pick up key runs, as well as haul in several key passes throughout the season.
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While the postseason is just outside of the Vikings' grasp for this season, Community hopes to inject a bit more "fun" into Friday's game.

Lightheartedness

"We've added some extra things into practice to having a little more fun. We've done a little more lighthearted things so they'll remember their last game," Frost said.

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Running back Austin Lees has been the heart and soul of the Viking ground game this season. Fans should look for Lees to have a big game against the Lions on Friday.
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During the season, the Vikings were able to cross off a few firsts for the program, having won two consecutive games for the first time in the program's history, winning the team's first shutout victory, and kicking the first regulation field goal in the short history of the program.

Community has another chance on Friday to add to that list by one-upping the most wins in school history the team set last year.

"For the program, this is huge to win the most games in school history. We've also had the most players out in school history," Frost said.

Last meeting

Last year, the Vikings were able to protect the ball and pick up a huge 37-6 win against Kings Academy in less than perfect conditions.

With the slim chance for rain on Friday, and despite Community's struggles with securing the ball last week, Frost feels confident the team will be able to maintain possession and send the seniors off with another big win.

"We played them in the rain last year and we were able to hold onto the ball well. We hope we're able to duplicate that if we do get the rain," he said.

When it comes to the Xs and Os of the of lining up against the Lions, Frost expects a Power-I formation to be in play.

"They like to line up in the Power I and control the clock. They try to make you make mistakes so they can try to exploit it. They also try some tricks. They have lots of reverse passes. They're not as predictable as they look in that set," he said.

Passing the torch

With that in mind, the Vikings hope to be able to pick up the win on Friday and use that momentum to help prepare the team and excite the community for next year's season, as well as send on the 10 seniors who helped lay the foundation for the program to continue building on the success from year to year.

"We're looking forward to next year. We're losing 10 seniors, but our younger kids did a great job stepping up," Frost said.

And with those youngsters returning as veterans for next season, Frost has the confidence his team will be able to turn a few heads and make some noise against the district.

Kickoff in Unionville is set for 7 p.m. on Friday.


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