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3 Things Week 1

Each Week following Spartanburg Viking Football games, I’m going to take a couple of days and think about the 3 most important things I saw on the field.  Some good, some great, some not so good.  I’ll try to break through what mattered, and what not to overreact to.  So here’s 3 things from Week 1’s loss to Mauldin

1-Junior QB Raheim Jeter is the leader of this team. QB Coach Grey Ramsey said on twitter this weekend that Jeter looked at him late in the 1st Quarter and said “Let me lead my team.”  Jeter is still dealing with some pain but has been cleared to play and he fought and fought this week. I expect Jeter to be 100% this week against Hillcrest and I truly believe you’ll see a very different offense.  For this reason, the offensive struggles in my opinion are not that important at all.  Jeter will practice this week and the rhythm should return. 

2-The Vikings are as disciplined as they’ve been in years. Coach Hodge has done a tremendous job getting this team to play smart football.  The mental mistakes of a young football team are still there of course, but this team plays with high IQ and it’s fun to watch.  When the offense gets its rhythm, this team will click in a hurry. 

3-The Defense played fast, good football.  I give Mauldin credit for some halftime adjustments and they had two TD drives to show for it.  But the Vikings shut out Mauldin in the first half and the final couple of drives in the 4th Quarter.   Spartanburg gets to the ball incredibly quick and did a good job of keeping Campbell and Lukus in check outside of one nice catch for a score.  We do need to find a way to force some turnovers to create some short fields. 

These are 3 positives and yes I know Spartanburg loss. But the offense will be just fine and the defense has played well in two games and the special teams improved a lot from Game 1 to Game 2.  I feel really good about where Spartanburg is heading. 

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