Photo By D.A Phillips / Viking - GUNSLINGER: Sophomore quarterback Nick Pope drops back to pass during practice on Friday August 30.  The Viking open the season Saturday Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. against Fullerton at Veterans Stadium.
Photo By D.A Phillips / Viking – Sophomore quarterback Nick Pope drops back to pass during practice on Friday August 30. The Viking open the season Saturday Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. against Fullerton at Veterans Stadium.

By Max Ward and Morgan Mayfield / Co-Sports Editors

Following the worst season in school history, the Athletic Department made a crucial adjustment to the coaching position of the football team. As well as hiring a new coach, the football program has scheduled almost every home game to be under the lights. Responsible for revitalizing the LBCC football program is coach Brett Peabody.

As coach of the Los Angeles Harbor College football team, Peabody led the Seahawks to a 21-12 overall record in three years. Coming off a winless 0-10 season last year, the Vikings are depending strongly on standout players Corey Waller, Josh Fasavalu and AA Vaaula whom Peabody says to have true NFL potential. Peabody also went on to say that the team will need their sophomore stars to shine in order to be successful in such a difficult conference.

In search for a winning season, the Vikings have some obstacles to overcome in teams such as, Riverside and Mount San Antonio who’s records prove they bring in endless depth and talent year after year. Peabody brings in a no-huddle offense and disciplined defense in a fast paced, intense and structured regime.

Coming off an difficult loss against the Fullerton Titans last year, the team will need to dig deep in the trenches and use the coach’s scheme to come out with a victory. Vikings assistant Coach Sean Flynn said the game will be difficult, but if the team sticks to the new style and new system, they expect to come out on top. So far, the team has been practicing hard and reviewing film in preparation. Peabody said, they are ready to compete and even be contenders for this year’s conference championship.