HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) – New coach, new conference, new sectional foes. Everything is new this year for the Huntington North Vikings.
At the helm this year for the Vikings is 2003 graduate, Rick Burnau. After one season as the head coach at South Central, Burnau thrilled at the opportunity and take over for Trent Fine, who resigned after three seasons. The Huntington native also spent time with Michgan City and Hammond as an assitant coach.
Burnau has the opportunity to coach his alma mater to the first ever Northeast 8 title as Huntington North leaves the North Central conference to join Leo and six former NHC schools in Northern Indiana’s new conference.
The Vikings will also have new teams to face in sectional 12, with Kokomo, Muncie Central, and Anderson replacing Snider, North Side and Wayne. The Vikings will go for their first sectional title since 1993.
Huntington North will have a two-headed beast running their offensive attack in 2015. Senior Dakota Johnson and Junior Lucas Long will share time under center, running the “multiple” offense. Johnson completed one pass in 2014 for 28 yards, while Long had 667 yards during his sophomore year. They’ll have wide-receivers Connor Adkins, Garrett Heaston and Trevor Szelis to throw to while running backs Jack Doughty, Matt Guhl and Aremis Ebert are expected to carry the load in the backfield.
The Vikings will roll out a young defense this year. Seniors Josiah Doctor and Logan McQuinn holding down the line.
Huntington North opens up their season hosting rival, Marion, on August 21st.