High School Football Preview: Huffman Vikings

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HUFFMAN, Ala. (WIAT) — There aren’t many firsts left in this world, however Huffman High School’s Alex Wilson can think of one. “We moved into the new weight room last summer before the start of the season,” said Wilson. “We’ve always had the athletes, but we’ve never had the facilities like we do now.” The Vikings are also one of only a few Birmingham City Schools teams that have their home field on campus. The school system is working to make that more the norm than the exception. “I know the odds and ends of it. My first year we had to catch a bus to practice, then catch a bus to go play in another stadium,” Wilson said with a laugh. “I think Birmingham City Schools is doing the right thing, making that a trend.”

The Huffman players have been taking full advantage of their new digs. “We worked out Monday through Thursday and averaged between 115 and 120 kids a day,” said their coach. “You’re going to see a much improved team. You’re going to see a stronger team, you’re going to see a faster team.” Residing in arguably the most competitive region in Alabama high school football, the Vikings could be poised to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2005.

OFFENSE: The scoreboard operator at Huffman Stadium is probably having nightmares thinking about the up-coming season. The Vikings tallied 33.7 points per game, and failed to score 25 or more only twice. Trey Turnbow will navigate the ship at quarterback. The dynamic duo of Demetrius Davis and Jacolby Johnson return in the backfield. On the outside, Huffman must replace Derrius Carson and Cordarius Leeth. “It won’t be any secret, we’re going to be in a spread offense,” said Wilson. “We’re going to run multiple sets. We’ve got an athletic young man [Turnbow] that can run a little bit, throw a little bit, so we’re going to make teams play eleven on eleven.”

DEFENSE: As many points as the Vikings put up last year, their defense gave up more (35.9ppg). There are plenty players returning, however, that have that large chip on their shoulder. “This year we’re going to be pretty heavy senior-loaded and our junior and sophomore classes have athletes,” said Wilson. “Our strength is our defense right now. We want everybody to gel, so that’s what we’ve got to work on going forward this season.” Defensive tackle Kurtis Beaman could remind Huffman fans of another disruptive force on the d-line from yesteryear, Marcell Dareus. He’s listed at 6’1 and 315 pounds, but his Hudl page says he runs a 4.95 forty. He claims a verbal offer from Ole Miss, and official offers from South Alabama, Western Kentucky, and Southern Miss. D’Marcus Harris will be the leader in the secondary. “We have a really experienced defense,” said Demetrius Davis.

If the Vikings managed to conquer the Region of Doom, it wouldn’t be the first time they’ve made the playoffs. The nine season postseason drought is the longest in school history, however, and Wilson hasn’t been there since he was head coach at Anniston in 2009. This could be the year, though. “I believe that we’re going to make the playoffs with everything we’ve been doing,” said Davis. His coach agreed, saying “They have a good work ethic and determination.”

“I believe this is a group that can get in the playoffs.”Huffman Vikings 2015 Football Schedule: 

8/21 – @ Wenonah

8/27 – Wetumpka

9/4 – @ Gardendale

9/11 – Clay-Chalkville

9/18 – OPEN

9/25 – Pell City

10/2 – @ Pinson Valley

10/9 – Center Point

10/16 – @ Shades Valley

10/22 – Woodlawn

10/30 – @ Mountain Brook

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