By Brandon Speck
Class 4A is crowded with good teams and North Pontotoc isn’t getting as much publicity as some of its counterparts.
But the Vikings are 3-1 after Friday’s 47-31 win against county rival South Pontotoc and host another rival, Pontotoc, this week.
Coach Brian Sutton hesitated to use the word “rebuilding” this season, but losing 1,700-yard back Mitchell Cunningham at least made replacement a priority.
“We lost a good bit last year,” Sutton said. “We’ve got a small senior class with some good leaders and a lot of juniors playing. (Friday) is a chance for us to kind of see where we are. They’ve got a real good ball club.”
Marcus Green and Trey Jolly are two of those juniors. Green has 484 total yards and nine touchdowns, three on kick returns.
From his defensive back spot, Green has four interceptions and has recovered a pair of fumbles.
Jolly has done his part as well with 779 passing yards and 11 touchdowns. He has rushed for another four scores.
Sutton points to a two-touchdown loss at Ripley as a lesson learned as he says his Vikings left a couple of scores on the field.
“That kind of proved to our kids they could play,” Sutton said. “We made some mistakes but if we can keep those down we may have a chance to do some things. The kids are playing hard and, I think, getting better every week.”
Sutton also acknowledges the tough 2-4A division the team is in with Lewisburg, Lafayette and New Albany. He wants to make sure his spread team can also threaten with the run by the time the games that count arrive.
In a 47-31 win against South Pontotoc, the Vikings threw only 13 times and ran 43.
“Teams are going to start keying on (Marcus) and we’ve got some other kids, they do a good job. He can be electrifying and he’ll get his touches but we’ll make sure others get their touches too,” Sutton said.
Juniors Jeremy Wilkes and Austin Bray have combined for 46 carries for 296 yards.