Northwest poised for breakout season
GRAND ISLAND - The Northwest Vikings have been slowly creeping into contention for a district title in Class B.
Northwest with a golden opportunity this season to make an impact with a wealth of experience on the roster.
"Biggest thing is finding out who our 2's and 3's are," head coach Kevin Stein said. "We like to play a lot of guys."
The Vikes have not one, not two, but four all–district selections returning with two on each side of the ball.
The only games Northwest lost in 2016 came against opponents with a record of 7–2 or better. If the Vikings want to take down the top dogs this time out, and become one themselves, the key may lie within a deep depth chart.
"We don't like to bang people up especially early so, we really need some guys to solidify themselves in being the backups and taking a lot of good reps. We can't take a Riley Schliep and play him 150 downs a game. We don't want to do that and we won't do that," Stein says.
Junior quarterback Carter Terry would be okay with Schliep getting so many snaps after hitting him 34 times for 549 yards and five touchdowns. At 6'5, Schliep could pose problems for a lot of defensive backs, and Terry has the arm to give him a chance.
Northwest has a relatively easy opener, if it's based on history, facing an 0–9 (2016) Gering team. The Vikings took down the Bulldogs 34–0 last year.