One of the most consistently successful programs in Class AA is taking aim at another strong season. Mount Pleasant won the Interstate Conference title in 2013 and was the runner-up to Washington last season. The Vikings have reached the playoffs each of the past six seasons.
Coach Bo Ruffner, who is in his eighth season, returns six starters on offense and four on defense. The Vikings must replace all-conference players Trevor Salopek and L.J. Sutton. Salopek was one of the better running backs in Class AA last season when he rushed for 1,148 yards and 18 touchdowns.
The Vikings do return one all-conference performer — Josh Lind (5-9, 235, Sr., OG) — who will team up with Zack Klejka (6-0, 240, Sr., C-DT) and Kurt Aumer (6-3, 260, Jr., OT) to anchor what could be an excellent offensive line.
That line will attempt to provide the push and protection needed for Johnny Yester (6-1, 160, Jr., QB), Jake Adamrovich (5-10, 175, Sr., RB) and Chris Wagner (5-10, 165, Jr., RB) to make big plays. All three were significant contributors last season. Yester started the second half of the season and passed for 401 yards and eight touchdowns. Adamrovich rushed for 549 yards and six touchdowns, while Wagner rushed for 371 yards and seven touchdowns.