After a postseason appearance in 2017, Lago Vista and head coach Craten Phillips look to build upon that momentum and garner the same district success as they had last year in 2018.
The Vikings trotted their way to a bi-district round appearance, before falling to Edna, with a 4-1 district record (6-5 overall) after starting the season 2-3.
The only challenge? Win within a district stacked with fearsome perennial Class 3A contenders like defending state champions Rockdale, and a program with three state titles to its name in the last seven years, Cameron Yoe. Seems easy enough.
The competition level the Vikings are facing won't be the most intriguing thing about the squad, the offense will be. A test in patience and mental fortitude for Phillips, his task is to implement the triple option scheme with an offensive set that has not a single returning player.
Luckily, an influx of young and athletic offensive options have sailed to shore. Junior quarterback Buck Pounds will man the triple option playbook, getting help from sophomore running back Layne Powers and senior offensive asset Cody Jackson. Pounds appeared in three games at quarterback last season, passing 6-15 with 83 yards in only a few real passing attempts, but has the wheels and smarts to make the triple option work.
If the new offensive scheme works under Phillips, in his fourth year at the helm for Lago Vista, sparks will certainly fly and box scores will run long.
Jackson and Powers each have some strong outside speed to help make an experimental offense work. Such is the case with smaller schools, the three aforementioned offensive players line up at the linebacker and safety positions at times.
Defensively, two-way players like linebackers Nathan Weichman and Josh Hernandez, who also line up on offense regularly, will be manning the physical side of the ball. After an early-season shellacking in which opponents scored 50 or more points against the Vikings defense in three straight games, the back end will be a major concern, especially given the tougher district.
Lago Vista is joined by Cameron Yoe, Rockdale, Jarrell, Little River Academy, Manor-New Tech, Troy in District 10-3A, Division I. The Vikings begin the 2018 varsity campaign with a home game against visiting Blanco, at home on Aug 31.
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