The Northside Vikings are fresh off a state title a season ago, but Coach Burt Torrence isn't looking back. This year's Vikings are a different team with similar goals.

“You're only as good as your last play,” Torrence said. “Well your last play brought you home a trophy and a championship ring. Your next play is going to be against Amherst County up in Amherst. We all saw that these seniors who were on the team as sophomores remember vividly how we performed up there two years ago. So we expect to think about that game. Think about that play and hone in on that one and move to the next one and so forth but that's kind of been our MO from day one.”

The Vikings suffered some heavy losses to graduation. Quarterback Dominic Dunnaville is gone, along with defensive leader DeAnthony Muse.

Now it's time for the next man up at some key spots.

“We lost a lot of the pizazz,” Torrence said. “I guess you could say that media types and people sitting in the stands tend to recognize, but we return our entire offensive line and return some defensive linemen, some really good linebackers that played last year and some really good defensive backs. Northside is always going to be built and always has been I guess for 40 years now with coach Hickam's tenure here. We were a defensive-first team.”