By Bill McCaughey
For The Fort Bend Star
Two years ago, the Dulles Vikings were 0-10. Last year they were 5-5. If the trend continues they should be in the playoffs this year.
New head coach J.L. Geist, former defensive coordinator at Cedar Park Vista Ridge, a 5A semifinalist last year, inherits quite a few weapons, but is focused on chemistry this preseason.
“I just want to get our offensive, defensive and special teams schemes installed,” Geist said. “Our goal is to improve each week.”
Dulles will have 38 lettermen and 15 starters returning. The returning eight lettermen on offense include All-District team members, quarterback Luke Metzer, running back Marquise Frank and wide receiver Maurice Frank.
“We are looking for great things from Luke this season,” Geist said. “His speed, strong arm and ability to read defenses makes him an impact player.”
“We have a lot of great threats this year,” Metzer said. “I am really impressed with how we are looking so far.”
Metzer is a senior who would like to study computer engineering at MIT next fall.
“Maurice Frank is a strong physical receiver with good speed and great hands. Marquise Frank is a fast slashing running back with great vision,” Geist said.
With Geist’s new offensive scheme, both Maurice and Marquise will get many opportunities to show their talents.
“In this offense, I end up blocking a lot for my brother but I also get to go deep a lot,” said wide receiver Maurice, who will also play cornerback.
Geist expects a big season from junior offensive lineman Alfred Gansallo (6-3, 325).
“He is a big and physical offensive lineman,” he said.
Returning All-District defensive tackle Ben Gansallo will head up the defense along with lineman Mike Gayden and linebackers Terrance Williams and Travis Brewer. Brewer led the team in tackles with 90 last year.
On special teams, All-District kicker Clayton Cooper returns.
Last year the offense averaged 33 points per game, but the defense gave up 35 per game, including 71 to Travis in the last game of the season.
If the Vikings can improve their defense, they will have a good shot at making the playoffs.
|Won 5 Lost 5|
|Won 4 Lost 4|
|2016 (Home Games Bold)|
|Week 1||Fri Aug 26 7:00pm Alief Elsik @ Mercer|
|Week 2||Thu Sep 1 6:00 Terry @ Hall|
|Week 3||Sat Sep 10 6:00pm Willowridge @ Hall|
|Week 5||Fri Sep 23 7:00pm Bush @ Mercer|
|Week 6||Sat Oct 1 6:00pm Travis @ Mercer|
|Week 7||Fri Oct 7 7:00pm Hightower @ Hall|
|Week 8||Sat Oct 15 6:00pm Ridge Point @ Mercer|
|Week 9||Sat Oct 22 6:00pm Kempner @ Mercer|
|Week 10||Sat Oct 29 1:00pm Austin @ Mercer|
|Week 11||Fri Nov 4 7:00pm Clements @ Mercer|
|Returning||K Clayton Cooper Sr #4|
|All-District:||QB Luke Metzer Sr #12|
|RB Marquise Frank Sr #22|
|WR Maurice Frank Sr #82|
|DT Ben Gansallo Sr #55|