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Parkway heads to the playoffs as District 1-5A champions and the state's number two seed in 5-A.  But several teams from that tough district could become threats now that the post-season is here.  The Vikings of Airline are one of those. 

The Vikings went toe to toe with the second seeded Parkway Panthers last Friday night in a game that came down to their final possession.  While some may be surprised by the outcome, the folks at airline say it just proved something they already knew.

Head coach Bo Meeks says, "That was one of the things that we have kind of talked about, we're starting to play a little better each week, so why not us?  If Parkway is the number 2 team in the state, why can't we?"

Defensive lineman and Alabama commit O. J. Smith agrees. "It gives us a whole bunch of confidence.  We're playing a whole bunch of sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  Our senior class is pretty small, but they stepped up last week.  We've been knowing we could play with anybody so it's still the same."

Confidence is a common denominator among the Vikings. "We knew we could play with anybody and that just added on to it, a lot," says quarterback Jacob James.

And that extra confidence will certainly help boost the Vikings as they head to Covington for the first round of the playoffs.  The lions boast a dynamic running game with plenty of speed in the backfield, but anyone who follows the Vikings knows that plays in to one of their biggest strengths.

"We're obviously much better equipped to handle run teams, but they spread you out and try to create space for the running back Sims," says Coach Meeks.  "He's a very good player we're going to have to do a good job of containing him.  He's small, but he's electric, he's extremely fast."

And some of the Vikings may have a little déjà vu Saturday night. Airline went to Covington in the first round two years ago, and came out with a win.

 

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