High School Football Preview: Northside
Coach Scott Fisher and the Northside Vikings won 11 games a year ago, with the only two blemishes on the record being two losses to Lord Botetourt.
Several youngsters got thrown into the mix early last season and those players are now a year older and wiser.
"We fly to the football a little bit," Fisher said. "The young guys don't know any different so we are excited about that. We just really want to line up and compete and use the experience from last year to build forward this year.
"We've talked about it for three years but we played so many young guys, and honestly, had some guys that left the program and we played some young guys behind them and we're really excited about that."
The Vikings lost tailback Princton Hall and quarterback Jalen Jackson to graduation giving way to freshman Sidney Webb who steps in under center with the keys to the offense.
"Jalen was a great leader for our program," Fisher said. "He took Sid under his wing a little bit as he could from the middle school up. I'm really excited to watch Sidney play. He is a poised quarterback. I don't think a lot rattles him. We'll see how he handles a game situation but we wouldn't turn the program over to him if we didn't think he was ready."
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