Friday, September 22, 2017

Vikings chase play-off dream


   The football team is off to a great start to the 2017 season. The Vikings came out roaring, taking the first two games of the season at home easily.
   “It was a great feeling to see all of our hard work payoff winning the first two games” said senior captain JT Kemp.
    The Vikings were a stand out team early in the season. One of the only teams with a 2-0 record until losing the past two weeks putting them at 2-2 record and back in the norm of the other top teams.
    “You’ve got to lose to win,” meaning you have to experience defeat to truly understand success expresses senior captain Ty Eshenaur.
    Rocky Ford, another senior captain, said that the team’s biggest struggle so far this season has been defense. While Ripley’s defense is ranked 11th in the state, multiple starters have said their defense must be top 10 to make playoffs.
    “I firmly believe we will have more defensive practices this week to prepare for G.W.,” Ford said.
    All four senior captains have the same goal, and that is making a run to the playoffs. The last       school team to do that was in 2009. This year’s football program is the best its looked in a long time.
    “We have looked really good in some parts of every game. We just need to clean up the defense,” Spoken by senior QB Brayden Campbell.
    However, they still have a lot of play to clean up if they want to make it to the playoffs. Kemp and Eshenaur solemnly agree that their team puts their heads down to quick. They past two loses they felt the team has given up once that get down, the seniors know in order to continue to win games and be the best they can be they must keep a positive attitude and go hard every play.  


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