Updated Thu, Aug 18, 2011 8:37 pm
Although they posted the worst overall record in the TVC-Ohio last year, Justy Burleson and his Vinton County Vikings come into the 2011 season with more confidence. After suffering many blowouts at the hands of TVC-Ohio foes, the team gained valuable experience on what it will take to compete.
The team only loses seven seniors, with the secondary being the only positions that see a good amount of departures. Adam Ward and Michael Campbell along with lineman/linebacker Tommy Mason will leave the biggest shoes to fill.
Experience at skill positions shouldn’t be a factor with Curtis Lindner at quarterback and running back/linebacker Joey Batey. “They play crucial positions for us, and they know what it takes to perform well,” said coach Burleson.
The Vikings have had just four wins over the past three seasons combined, so in his second year at the helm, Burleson is looking to see continued improvement, as the team works to achieve the first winning season since 2004. “We obviously expect great improvement this season,” he said. “We’re going to make games more interesting. We just have to learn how to finish.”