Bo Meeks enters his third season as the head football coach at airline. This year the Vikings plan on making even more noise in class 5A this season.
No less than a year removed from a first round exit, Airline is back and hopes to be better than ever. They'll have to do it without their star quarterback Hayden Hildebrand who's now at Central Arkansas.
"Chase Rivers is going to be replacing Hayden Hildebrand. He's had a great spring, off season and has worked really hard. We're looking forward towards what he's bringing to the table,"says Meeks. Rivers adds "You just have to be on the field when it gets to be crunch time you have to be the one to stay calm and get everybody down the field."
Rivers has his work cut out for him, taking over an offense that scored over 40 points four times last season so it won't be a walk in the park.
Meeks says, "We have a lot of holes especially offensively to fill but guys have grown up a lot. We have some youth but we're going to get experience in a hurry with our schedule so we're looking forward to it."
With the offense expected to need some time before it can be as explosive, Meeks says the defense had better be able to stop some folks. "All three defensive tackles are back led by O.J. Smith who again is an Alabama commit, great football player. Rodriguez Park is back at linebacker healthy. We should be tough up the middle and that's going to be important early especially while we grow up offensively."
And with thousands of the Vikings faithful packing the stands when the Friday night lights flip on, Rivers says, this season is again all about one group."Half of our fan base is students and that's what gets us going. We play for them and our family. We'd like to go out there and show them that we've been working hard all summer."
Airline opens the season at Bossier on September 6th.
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