Arlington Lamar Vikings
2012: 6-6, lost in Class 5A Division II area round
Spring game: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Last season the Vikings were hit by injuries, illnesses and grades but persevered to notch their first playoff victory since 2003, which was also coach Trent Fuller’s first postseason win of his young head coaching career.
The running game should be a strength as the Vikings return five offensive lineman, two tight ends and running back Cameron Smith, who rushed for over a 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns a season ago. Jamal Kemp will join Smith in the backfield after recovering from an ACL injury suffered last year.
Andy Guinn, the JV quarterback in 2012, and Shane Buechele, who starred on the baseball diamond as a freshman this season and is the son of former Texas Ranger Steve Buechele, are competing for the starting gig behind center.
“Andy’s strength is understanding what everybody’s doing at all times,” Fuller said. “Shane’s strength is he’s got a really strong arm and he’s a quick learner. Whichever guy wins the position, I feel good about the future at quarterback for us.”
Defense is where Fuller expects the biggest improvement from a season ago.
The Vikings’ defensive front has stood out this spring, led by linemen Marquelle McClinton and Garret Ball , who started every game last season.
“Last year we were kind of young and inexperienced,” Fuller said. “It kind of cycles through a year of growing pains and then those guys are back with experience and are a year bigger, stronger and faster. We struggled a little bit last year but we’re looking for a complete turn around this year.”
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Jarret Johnson, 817-390-7760
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