News and Announcements
The Varsity football team is only three games into their young season, but the Vikings are giving us plenty of reasons to believe that this team is special. For the first time in school history, the Vikings have started 3-0. Any time you make school history, you know something special is happening. Lets look a little deeper. Through the first three games, the Vikings have outscored their opponents by a combined 113- 20! The Vikings aren’t exactly squeaking by the opposition. They are DOMINATING them in all phases of the game. They have combined for 15 rushing touchdowns through 3 games. They have an identity, led by Senior running back, Draylyn D, who has 12 rushing touchdowns in the same span. Their defense has been stingy, allowing less than 7 points per game through the first 3 games. They are getting pressure on the quarterback and creating turnovers. They have tremendous Senior leadership with a number of 4 year Varsity players on both sides of the ball. Another reason to be optimistic is the fact that the Vikings have played 2 of the first 3 games on the road so far this season. With 6 of their remaining 8 games coming at home, the Vikings are set up to break more school records. It’s easy to get excited, but this team isn’t taking anything for granted. They are staying focused and disciplined. These two things are the foundation of Coach Bagot’s philosophy. The Vikings are home for their next game on Friday, September 18th. Kick off is set for 5:00pm. Come and show your support for your Varsity football team. Go Vikings!
How does our Head of School, Gabriella Rowe, spend her Labor Day? If it consisted of relaxing by a body of water, grilling on the patio, and watching US Open tennis all day long, I would be writing about myself. That story would hardly be article worthy. Mrs. Rowe happened to spend her Labor Day competing in the Towne Lake Triathlon in Cypress, Texas. Finishing a triathlon is an incredible achievement. Mrs. Rowe loves to compete. She loves to test herself. Today was no different. Triathlons are both physically and mentally challenging. A person must be strong in both areas in order to persevere, and stand up to the challenge the course and the elements have to offer. “It was hot, but it was awesome.” With a quote like that, I think it’s safe to say she overcame in a big way. She approached the triathlon the same way she approaches anything else- with passion and enthusiasm. This is what it means to be Viking Strong. All of our student-athletes and teams reflect this attitude each and every day. The commitment and energy that is given by our athletes in an effort to sacrifice of themselves for the greater good of the team is Viking Strong. To prepare your body and your mind in order to compete at the highest level is Viking Strong. To honor the game and your opponent is Viking Strong. Thank you for setting the example Mrs. Rowe, and thank you to our athletes that carry out that example for all of our teams.
The Varsity football team traveled to Austin on Friday for their first road test of the season as they played East Austin Prep. The Vikings came in confident after tasting success the first game of the season. The Vikings wasted little time, picking up right where they left off last Saturday. After the first quarter, the Vikings led 12-0 on a pair of rushing TD’s by Senior running back, Draylyn D. The second quarter busted this game wide open. Draylyn D got loose for 3 more rushing TD’s, putting the Vikings in front at halftime, 36-0! Draylyn set a new school record for rushing touchdowns in a single game, but he only needed one half to do it! Impressive display! The defense was lights out, forcing turnovers, getting stops, and giving the ball right back to their offense. The Vikings controlled the ball and clock in the second half. Quarterback, Lewis H, capped off another touchdown drive after throwing to Senior wide receiver, Earl W for another Viking touchdown. Last but not least, the Vikings pounded in another rushing touchdown, only this time it was from Senior, Dami O. The Vikings controlled the ball with their relentless, “Ground and Pound,” attack. This team has a clear identity, they are disciplined, and they are focused. Promising combination from a team and coaching staff that is delivering. Great job boys! The Vikings next game is another away contest. Kickoff is at 7:00pm on Friday, September 11th at KIPP Generations. Come out and support your Vikings who are looking to start 3-0 for the first time in school history!
The High School cross country team competed in the Lutheran South Meet at Burke Crenshaw Park on Saturday. The Vikings ran well against some of their TAPPS 4A District competition. The girls team were led by Charlotte S, who finished in 1st place, and Fernanda N, who came in 4th. The girls finished 4th overall as a team. The boys team were led by Sophomore runner, Ben A, who finished 3rd overall. The boys came in 5th as a team. The HS team is experiencing tremendous success two meets into the season. The Vikings continue their training this week and next in preparation for their upcoming meet on September 19th at Second Baptist West Campus. First race starts at 8:00am! Come watch your Vikings runners!
The Middle School football team gutted out a tough victory on Thursday over Grace, 8-6. After a scoreless first half, the Vikings scored first on a fifty yard touchdown run by Kamsi E, and completed the two-point extra try with field goal attempt by Elliot G. The Viking’s defense was amazing throughout the whole game with interceptions by Eric P and Mac B. To prevent the game from going into overtime the Vikings defense blocked the Gators extra point attempt. The Vikings improved their record to 2-0 after this hard-fought affair. Come out next Thursday as the Vikings try to win three in a row with a home game against the Stallions. Kick off is set for 6:00pm.