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 Latta Enters Season Looking To Extend Play -off Run To 7 years

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Special to the HSSR

Latta-- The biggest issue facing the Latta Vikings heading into the 2019 season is who will provide the offense as they lost over 2,700 yards of offense and 30 touchdowns to graduation, but head coach Brandon Iseman knows that he has some very talented but inexperienced skill players that given time will be just fine.

“They are young and inexperienced so we will have some growing pains,” said coach Iseman after the Dennis Miller Jamboree. “Number 11 (Chris McRae) is just a freshman and we need to get him some reps. He is going to be a good one, but he is just one of the many talented younger guys.”

Coach continued, “Our strength is in the box. On offense we return a veteran line which will help in getting our younger players adjusted to the speed of the game and on defense we have five of the front seven returning.”

Sophomore Trey Pelt (5-10, 160) will take over the reins of the offense for a quarterback who threw (Dylan Brewer) for almost 5,000 yards in his career. Pelt has shown good poise and command of the position and is ready to put his stamp on the offense.

Beside McRae (6-0, 190) in the backfield the Vikings will have Tysean Johnson (5-8, 160) at the other running back position. Johnson is the one player who saw time last season, rushing for 281 yards and one score.

Seniors wide out Jacob Roberts (6, 160) and senior Zach Jones (6-2, 240) will be Pelt’s top targets.

Juniors Alex Strickland, Jordan McRae and Darius Davis are all in the mix for playing time at receiver along with sophomores Jamar Jones, Phillip Davis and Jamario Taylor.

Seniors center AJ Herring (6-0, 350) and right guard Brice McRae (6-1, 250) are back to lead the offensive line and will be joined by juniors left tackle Kwame Hennagen (6-0, 230), right tackle Caleb Bailey (5-9, 225) and left guard Preston Tyler (6-0, 240).

The team’s top returning tackler is HSSR Top 100 senior linebacker Chandler Mathews (6-2, 200) who had 67 stops and a team high 13 tackles for loss last season. Fellow senior Matt Clark (5-11, 180) is also back at linebacker after making 25 stops last year and Jordan McRae rounds out the trio.

Up front Jones and Brice McRae will anchor the defensive line.

Senior Josh Williams is back in the secondary with the other spots still to be determined with same group at wide vying for the secondary positions.

Senior Kavi Patel will handle the kicking chores.

The Vikings will host 16th ranked (HSSR) Mullins in their season opener.

 

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