ECRU, Miss. (WTVA) - North Pontotoc has won two division championships in the last three seasons in Class 3A, but this season, the Vikings are moving up to Class 4A.
Head coach Andy Crotwell has 50 players on his roster, including ten seniors.
"I think that we feel good about where our offensive line is, and we had one or two question marks there, and then defensively, I think the new guys have run to the football well, and played good assignment football like we did last year, so those questions are answered," Crotwell said. "Of course, we need to see the other questions (that) really pertain to Friday night and what happens when lights come on."
Sophomore T.J. Polk will start at quarterback. Polk had a nice outing in the Vikings' win over Holly Springs in the Oxford Jamboree.
Hayes Malone and Caden Wilson will be two of Polk's top targets, and the duo will also lead the secondary.
"Hopefully, we can just show the younger guys how it's done, and really help them on and off the field, show them positions wise where they need to be, and just the routes they need to run, and spots they need to be at," Malone said.
North Pontotoc hosts Saltillo in Friday's opener.
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