Becoming a consistent winner is the challenge for Anthony Hays and the Parkview Vikings. After winning eight games last season Parkview returns seven starters on defense and the Vikings are ready to make a run at the Ozark Conference Championship.
While the offense made the headlines last season, the Vikings defense has the pieces in place to make some noise. Parkview returns seven defensive starters
including leading tackler Braden Rohrbaugh (LB), all-conference and all-district selection Maurice Downey (CB) and 2nd leading tackler Danny Johnson (SS).
“We had a very good defense and we have most of those guys coming back and they're hungry to get after it and play with a lot of passion and I'm excited about that group,” said Hays.
On offense Junior Anthony Gilliand moves from receiver to quarterback. Anthoy McCrimmons will share duties at running back and the Vikings return Connor Ratcliff, who set several school receiving records last season.
“Although we did lose a couple of key spots I think we've got a good chance to score on people,” said Hays. “We have a very versatile offense, we line up in a lot of formations. That's by design so we can cater to the types of athletes we have and so we can get formations that give guys a chance to show what they can do.”
Hays believes his team is in position to compete for the Ozark Conference Championship.
“I'm excited because I think we can win every game, but you have to take them one at a time. If you take it one week at a time and give every team your best shot you'll be in the running at the end of it. “
Parkview opens the season August 30th at Kickapoo.
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