Experience, speed keys to Vikings’ chances

But despite a lack of size, Guilford Head Coach Mel Gilfillan feels the Vikings are talented and smart. Photo by Matt Nestor

By Matt Nestor
Sports Columnist

One thing’s for sure to Guilford Vikings coach Mel Gilfillan: their offense has a chance to be very good.

“Whenever you have a returning quarterback, it’s a huge deal in high school football,” Gilfillan said of his senior quarterback, Cody Bell. “The quarterback is back, he’s had a great offseason, and he’s a great leader and a good kid. He’s confident and he knows what he’s doing this year. I think that will really help the offense.”

Beyond that, they are also returning two explosive running backs in juniors Dontrel Chance and Gerry Ford. Both of those players have the ability to score on every play.

“Both of them are very good. They’re kind of small, but super-fast kids,” Gilfillan said. “They catch the ball real good out of the backfield, and they are very athletic. We’ve got great backs. There’s going to be nobody in the league that will have better backs than us.”

Size is what the Vikings lack. The coaching staff said the kids are tough and have worked hard in the weight room during the offseason. But at the end of the day, the Vikings are not a big team.

Despite the lack of size, Gilfillan feels the Vikings are talented and smart. And that should give them a chance in every game.

“We worked our whole summer camp on the basics,” he said. “I think we’ll be real competitive. We’ve always been pretty good on defense year in and year out, and we’ve got some good kids back on defense. I think we’ll be a pretty strong team.”

While confident, Gilfillan is not ready to predict a conference title for his team. He said that belongs to Boylan until someone beats them. But he does expect his team to be prepared to win every week.

“Our goal is to compete from week to week,” he said. “I don’t know who we will or won’t be better than, but our kids are going to show up every Friday night in great shape and ready to play, and they’ll know what they are supposed to be doing. We are going to focus on ourselves and try to get better each week.”

From the Aug. 18-24, 2010 issue

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