2020 Prep Football Preview: Grand Island Northwest
Position battles the story line for the Grand Island Northwest football team after losing 26 seniors from last year's 9-2 squad.
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Northwest football is coming off its most successful season since winning the Class B state title in 1985. Last season, the Vikings finished 9-2 making it all the way to the Class B Quarterfinals before getting bounced by Omaha Roncalli.
They lost 26 seniors from that group, seven starters on both sides of the ball, including key leaders Rans Sanders, Ty Heaton and Grady Griess.
Northwest enters 2020 with four starters returning on offense and defense. Vikings head coach Kevin Stein said at quarterback senior Alex Brandt and junior Sam Hartman will be competing for the starting spot. This marks the third year in a row Stein will have a different QB under center.
“We have to know what each kid does well,” Stein said. “Then we have to leave the competition open but at some point you’re going to make someone extremely happy and at some point you’re going to make somebody sad.”
Stein said they need to shore up the offensive and defensive lines as the go through camp and start filling up roster spots.
For the Northwest players, they are embracing the competition heading into week one.
“Everyone’s pushing each other,” Northwest running back/outside linebacker Brady Baasch said. “It keeps guys working hard because no spot is set. So, you always got to work your butt off to earn that starting spot.”
“I think the main thing is that competing among each other is just going to make us better on Friday night and help us compete against the other teams,” Northwest wide receiver/safety Parker Janky said.
The Vikings open their season on the road traveling to face Bennington on Aug. 28.
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