Last season’s 7-6 record might not have met South Iredell standards, but there were highlights.
Winning a share of the North Piedmont Conference championship? Not something to be ashamed of.
The Vikings advanced to the second round of the 3AA playoffs, where they gave Weddington all it wanted for one half. The Warriors scored 23 unanswered points after the break to win 33-6 and continue their march to the state championship.
Who knows what would have happened in 2018 had injuries at key positions not been disruptive to the Vikings’ continuity. One of those battling the injury bug was Alterek Adams. It put a significant dent in the 5-foot-10, 190-pound running back’s playing time and, subsequently, his productivity.
“That’s not a good feeling,” he said. “I couldn’t help my team.”
His situation created extra incentive for the 2019 season, his last in a Vikings uniform.
“He’s doing well,” coach Scott Miller said. “He’s pushing himself. He was upset about last season, and he wants to make the best of his senior year.”
So far, so good.
Adams is averaging 153 yards through the first two games. He’s already more than halfway to his previous season total of 586 yards.
His per-carry average stands at 7.8 yards. That’ll get the chains moving.
“I’m fine,” Adams said. “I feel good.”
As opposed to this time a year ago. Misfortune struck before the Vikings even had a chance to scrimmage. Adams severely injured a hamstring during the first day of full-contact practice.
He tried to play in the season opener against Rocky River but re-aggravated it.
About the time he had nursed his injured leg back to health, boom! Adams sustained a shoulder injury in an October game against West Rowan.
Miller said Adams was “banged up all year” and estimated that Adams was never better than 75 percent at any point in the season.
“It was tough,” Adams said.
“This year I’m trying to come with a different mindset,” he added, placing an emphasis on drinking more water, eating more fruits and vegetables and stretching. “I want to stay healthy so I can get wins for my team.”
Adams is coming off of a 22 carry-, 167-yard performance. His 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter helped punctuate a 25-0 victory at West Iredell.
The Vikings could use another healthy dose of Adams on Friday as they host Lake Norman.
Not allowing the Wildcats’ triple option to ground and pound, eat up clock and score will be important.
The South Iredell defense would surely welcome an assist from the offense’s ability to spread the field, sustain drives and generate points.
“The better our run game, the better our passing game,” Miller said. “Alterek is a big part of that.”