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Class 1A District 1

Three Rivers League

School Colors: Burgundy and White

Head Coach: David Pitts (2-15, 3rd season)

Assistant coaches: Randy Adams, Hunter Jackson and Tanner Pitts

COACH PITTS SAYS:

“After evaluating last season and visiting with team captains, we know we are going to have to work harder during the off season to get stronger and more physical. These kids are very hard workers and are starting to become more willing to put the time and effort forth into getting better both on and off the field.”

Five Year Trend (Playoffs)

  • 2020: 1-7 (No Playoffs)
  • 2019: 1-8 (No Playoffs)
  • 2018: 1-8 (No Playoffs)
  • 2017: 0-9 (No Playoffs)
  • 2016: 0-9 (No Playoffs)

2020 REVIEW

For the first time since 2013-2015 Northeast has had three consecutive seasons of putting a W in the win column. Coach Pitts and the Vikings look to keep the trend going in 2021. The Vikings unfortunately did not find strength in numbers last season having less than 20 players on the roster to finish the season as they finished with a record of 1-7. Although short-handed, Coach Pitts believed his team made vast improvements throughout the Fall. “The players learned to be more disciplined and really came together to promote the unified team concept,” he said. “Many players stepped forward into leadership roles both on and off the field.” One of the biggest downfalls for Northeast was defense. Opponents averaged almost 40 points per game against the Vikings. On a positive note, having a small team brings in a team full of experience in 2021.

RETURNING STARTERS (2020 stats)

RB/LB Eric Smith (Sr) 5’6”, 135 lb

QB Jevon Allen (Jr) 6’0”, 175 lb

TE Seth Boley (Jr) 5’9”, 185 lb

C Brock Nunn (Jr) 5’5”, 148 lb

TE LaBraden Clemens (Jr) 5’6”, 140 lb

QB Dawson Troth (So) 5’8”, 150 lb

TE Cayden Hill (So) 5’6, 135 lb

RB TayShawn Gaynor (So) 5’7”, 140 lb

OL Brodie Doubledee (So) 5’11”, 260 lb

TE Brayden Young (So) 5’8”, 150 lb

OL Miles Eslinling (So) 5’6”, 180 lb

SCHEDULE:

9/3 @ Jayhawk Linn

9/10 vs. Northern Heights

9/17 vs. Southeast

9/24 @ Central Heights

10/1 vs. Lyndon

10/8 @ Uniontown

10/15 vs. Pleasanton

10/22 @ Olpe

2021 SEASON OUTLOOK

Northeast looks to improve from last year’s 1-7 record behind senior RB/LB Eric Smith. Smith is returning this year as the Vikings’ only senior from the 2020 squad. Coach Pitts believes that Smith and other upperclassmen will be great leaders for the Vikings – both on and off the field. Pitts said in order for the Vikings to find success this season, they need to cut back on playing sloppy football. “We need to be able to pass the ball, cut down on turnovers and play more disciplined defense.” Pitts hopes for the Vikings to find continued improvement throughout the season as they strive to finish with their first .500 record since 2014.