Parsons aims to create results from offseason work

The Vikings finished the 2020 season 3-6 in Jeff Schibi's first year as head coach.

PARSONS, Ks. – The Parsons Vikings went to work this offseason.

“The kids put in a substantial amount of time in the weight room,” says head coach Jeff Schibi. “I was able to have strength and conditioning class with those kids. I think that having time with the kids was the absolutely the biggest opportunity going into my second year as head coach.”

The Vikings return 10 seniors.

“I love the brotherhood of this class,” says senior WR Dion Sylvester. “We’re all really close. We all love the sport.”

“This senior year class is not very big, but there’s a lot of quality,” Schibi says.

The Seniors have stepped up as leaders and are making a big difference.

“It’s very important in a program to have your juniors and seniors guide those young kids,” Schibi says. “If your best players can buy into what the coaches are trying to do then that rubs off on the younger kids. They see guys like Dion Sylvester, Isiah Tyson, Steven Knapper and Zack Cowan with 100 percent weight room attendance and it makes they want to work harder. That’s what were trying to establish here.”

“I don’t have a problem with stepping on people’s toes,” says senior LB/RB Steven Knapper. “I’m okay with saying stuff when I don’t want to. I speak up when things need to be said. I think that’s why I am a leader.”

The hard work seems to be paying off.

“The first three practices have been some of the best practices we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Schibi says.

The Vikings remain focused on a single goal.

“Nothing else matters other than week 1 on September 3rd against Anderson County,” Schibi says.