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Tuesday AM Update
A beautiful Autumn morning at the Purple and Gold Pigskin headquarters...we've got a few notes to pass along, and then we'll be back later with a look at the Bethel Braves of the SPSL South.
Stopped by practice yesterday and caught the last half hour of on field work and the first 45 minutes of film. A few tidbits:
--- With JV wrapping up the season at Snohomish, the Vikes were severely shorthanded at practice. In fact, Coaches Cronin and Shields worked as safeties on the rag team defense for much of practice. Shields had a nice interception...but, then, he knows all the plays.
--- Junior QB Bryson Daggett traveled with the JV team and sophomore Jake Nelson took all the varsity snaps.
--- Senior RB Brennan Frost participated in full contact drills today. Senior LB Alex Moon (knee) was sidelined for part of practice for precautionary reasons.
--- The Vikes have developed a basic plan game for attacking the Bethel defense and spent much of offensive practice drilling on several key plays. When execution wasn't perfect, the play was ran again. At one point, Coach Tom Tri had the Vikes repeat the same play four straight times.
--- The Vikings concluded practice with team conditioning, relay style. Tri broke up the 20 or so players into teams of four. Each team had a lineman type, a linebacker type, and a skill player or two. In other words, the teams were loosely matched for speed and strength. The Vikes then ran through four relays style races.
--- In the first relay race, the players were required to race from the goal line to the 50, touch the 50 yard line with a hand, then turn and sprint back to the goal line. In full pads, and including the start and stop at midfield, Frost completed the drill in 12.8 seconds. Frost said his best 100 time is 11.2 seconds, although he does his best work in slightly longer races.
After practice, the players retired to Cronin's classroom for film work. The lineman and Frost were awarded candy bars for rushing for more than 200 yards last week.
The Vikes have a regular practice week and then a team dinner Friday.
Finally, some sad news for Auburn fans and goood news for M-P fans...Auburn's standout RB/S Chris Young, a UW commit, was suspended for the rest of the season after committing some sort of transgression at the Homecoming Dance. It is not known if this will impact Young's scholarship offer from UW, but it will make Marysville's path through state a little easier - they have a pending matchup with Auburn in the first round of the state bracket.