Vikings run-pass option could lead to big numbers

The Northwest (Grand Island) quarterbacks go through passing drills, Aug. 7, 2018. (KHGI)

Northwest football is aiming to light up scoreboards across Central Nebraska throughout the fall, and they have the firepower to do it.

The Vikings return the two-headed monster of Carter Terry and Adam Cooper in the offensive backfield. Terry, a quarterback, and Cooper, a running back, combined for 3,9613 yards from scrimmage and 49 touchdowns a season ago.

"Carter runs that, you know, there's no secret that we're an RPO (run-pass option) type team," said head coach Kevin Stein. "He's always got a run-pass combination with it. "

Outside of Brady Glause and Riley Schliep, the Vikes have their main core of offensive players back, too.

Northwest wisely has no plans of fixing what needs no obvious handy work, so Stein and his staff are utilizing their up–tempo style to keep opponents on their heels.

"It's just kind of how the team plays us," Stein said. ""Some nights 'Johnny' may get 10 catches and the next week he might get none, that's just the way it goes. There's times Adam is going to carry the ball 35 times and other times he's going to get it 15. We just take what the defense gives us."

Vikings open up 2018 against Gering at home. Northwest topped them last year, 48–7.

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