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New Berlin West's Luke Theison breaks up a pass to Antonio Reyes at home against Thomas More in 2011.

New Berlin West's Luke Theison breaks up a pass to Antonio Reyes at home against Thomas More in 2011. Photo By C.T. Kruger

Aug. 21, 2012

OUTLOOK

Player to watch: Senior defensive end Matthew Hewitt (6-4, 230) has worked hard in the off-season and he is the true leader of the program. On the other side of the football, junior running back Dylan Weise should key the offense.

Date to circle: Mark down Sept. 14 because that's the date the Vikings look forward to every year when they battle crosstown rival New Berlin Eisenhower. Since they share the same division this year it is even more important.

Strength: Team unity and chemistry are the Vikings strengths according to coach Al Moroder. "That's where it's important, the ability to work as a team. The Vikings have 24 letter winners returning, including the entire defense.

Weakness: Moroder is installing a new offense and the Vikings have to integrate it in what they want it to be. They are changing from the spread offense to the option offense. Moroder is also looking for bodies along the line and at linebacker, especially if injuries set in.

We say: Moroder wants his team to improve every week. The team is coming off a 2-7 record following a division winning 4-1 mark two years ago. Junior quarterback James Fortier's success running the option will be as important as the team unity and chemistry that Moroder talks about.

A GLANCE BACK

Record

Overall: 2-7

Greater Metro Conference: 2-7

Outcome: Did not make playoffs

All-Conference returnees

First team: None

Honorable mention: None

First-team losses: None

Coach: Al Moroder

SCHEDULE

Aug. 24 Brown Deer
Aug. 31 St. Francis
Sept. 7 Wauwatosa West
Sept. 14 New Berlin Eisenhower
Sept. 21 Milwaukee Pius
Sept. 28 Greendale
Oct. 5 Pewaukee
Oct. 12 Whitnall

home games in bold

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