Vikings’ future full of promise|[10/30/07]

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 30, 2007

It’s been a good week for Warren Central’s football program.

The varsity team clawed its way into playoff contention by beating Clinton last Friday. Its ninth-grade team won the Little Six Conference and finished a perfect 7-0 season with a win over Terry last Tuesday.

And on Monday, the junior varsity completed a rare double for the program’s younger players by finishing off its own undefeated season. Willie Fields ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns as WC’s JV team beat Vicksburg 18-6 at Memorial Stadium.

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The win finished the JV team’s season at a perfect 8-0, its first undefeated season since 2002. The ninth-grade team’s perfect record was its first since 1991 — the same group that won the Vikings’ last state championshp in 1994.

“The last time the JV was undefeated was when Larry Warner and that group was in the 10th grade,” said WC assistant coach Bumper Brogdon, who serves as the ninth-grade head coach and defensive coordinator for the JV staff. “They’re both really difficult to do. The competition level is so high. You have to have good athletes and a lot of luck, and we’ve had both. It’s bounced our way this year.”

It wasn’t just luck or a fluke, though. The junior varsity team went 8-1 last season and earned its success the same way almost every Warren Central team of the last 35 years has done it — with a strong running game, good defense and sound teamwork.

Fields was the team’s leading rusher on Monday, but five other players had at least one carry. Arrinton Bowman scored a touchdown.

The defense, meanwhile, gave up a touchdown on a halfback pass on the first play of the game, then nothing else the rest of the way. After Bradley Cosby connected with Rodney Beacham for the 69-yard TD toss, Vicksburg (6-2) managed just 119 yards the rest of the game.

“It’s a very special thing” to go undefeated, Brogdon said. “It doesn’t happen often. Now the job is to keep them together and keep them out of trouble. We do that, we’ll be all right.”