LAFAYETTE — You will find very few people as passionate about Northside High School as football head coach John Simmons.
This is only his 3rd year in the captain's seat, but he's been with the school for over 2 decades now.
That's part of the reason why the Vikings 1-9 record last year will never sit well with him.
"Nobody likes to take a whooping man," Simmons said. "Nobody wanted to be that guy against Tyson. Who wants to be the guy to beat tyson. And now, these kids, they want to be the guy to beat Tyson."
Northside has big dreams in the role of David, with the Vikes echoing in unison a desire to go 7-3 and make the playoffs.
The Vikings understand many will question their ambitious goals, but they embrace the doubters.
"We don't really block out the noise," Northside Quarterback Dennis Harris said. "We take the noise in and use it as a stepping stone. To get us where we need to go. We take all the hate all the doubters and show em we can do what we do."
2018 Record: 1-9
Head Coach: John Simmons
Returning Starters: 10
Other Notes: Senior Quarterback Dennis Harris played running back in 2018.