“Instead of just one individual, I am looking forward to the leadership from the senior class as a group.”
2nd-year head coach of the Northeast-Arma Vikings football team David Pitts is continuing to change the culture in the small Three Rivers League school.
“Although our record did not show many wins, we did show vast improvements as far as working as a team.”
The Vikings are 2-25 in the last three seasons. Their last multiple win season came in 2015 when they notched three wins.
However, Pitts isn’t letting that detour him from building a winning culture.
“With recruiting through the hallways and community, I hope to see an increase in numbers this season.”
Northeast-Arma lists 20 returning starters from last season: eight seniors, four juniors and eight sophomores.
Pitts noted not only the senior leadership but also discipline throughout the game as other indicators for a successful season.
“Our strengths will lie in our senior leadership and our depth,” said the Vikings head coach.
“The biggest change will be more disciplined and cutting down penalties.”
On offense, Karter Dugan returns to run the ball for Northeast. The runningback recorded 198 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.
Senior Braden Broyles will split carries with him in the backfield this season.
Senior Cole Richard will be the signal-caller for the Vikings offense.
Richards doubles as a defensive presence at linebacker with 23 tackles recorded last year, the most returning this season.
Senior Zach Cronister will anchor the line on offense and defense.
The Vikings will have plenty of opportunities on both sides of the ball to produce offensive numbers and defensive stops.
“I expect them to keep improving from week-to-week and have a positive attitude in the classroom as well as on the field.”
Playing in Class 1A, Northeast will have six district games on the schedule with their first one coming on September 11th at Northern Heights.
Northeast will open and close the regular season at home. The Vikings host fellow Three Rivers League member Jayhawk-Linn on September 4th and conclude the regular season on October 23rd against 1A powerhouse Olpe.
Still, Pitts believes his team is ready for the challenges they face this season.
“They year, they know what it takes to do better, and expectations for success will be higher.”