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Undefeated, veteran Vikings will test TC

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By LARRY GOFFINET
Sports Editor

POSEYVILLE—North Posey, which will host Tell City Friday at 7:30 p.m., will be the best football team the Marksmen have faced this season, Tell City Coach Ryan George said Monday.
The Vikings, ranked No. 5 in the state in the Class 2A AP poll and No. 6 in the coaches’ poll, are 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the PAC as they threaten to run away with the conference title. Their average winning margin is 42-10 and their only close game has been a 34-27 win at Heritage Hills.
“They start one sophomore and one junior, and all the rest (on offense and defense) are seniors,” noted George.
“They’re good at running the ball and they’re also good at throwing it.”
Wes Harness, a 6-foot, 195-pound senior, has already made All-PAC twice at running back.
“He has good power for running inside and he also has the speed to get outside,” said George.
The Vikings have passed 32 percent of the time “in the games we’ve seen,” said George. Alec Werry, a 6-1, 165-pound senior, is their quarterback, and Nick Neidig, a 6-4, 200-pound senior, is his top receiver.
They use a pro-I offense “a lot,” said George. “We run similar offenses.”
George also said the teams are similar in speed. “They just have a lot more experience.”
As for size, “in spots they’re a little bigger,” said George, mentioning Neidig at wide receiver and 6-foot, 320-pound Jason Tapp at defensive tackle.
Seven Vikings start both ways, with Harness also a standout at defensive back and Neidig also playing defensive back.
On defense “they’ll mix up a four-man and a five-man front,” said George.
A five-man front can make it harder for a speedy back such as Tell City’s Elliott Brown, who has run for 442 yards on 24 carries the last two games, to get outside.
But George noted, “Some of Elliott’s runs were inside and he got outside (after getting through the line). If we can keep up with our blocking, he’s fast enough he’s got a chance.”