The Minor Professional Football League features several Texas organizations that have been around for more than a decade, but it also has its share of first-year teams. One team kicking off league play in March for the first time will be the Dallas Vikings.
“We’re a first-year team that came together in the summer time,” Vikings co-owner Brandon Willis told Developmental Football USA. “
The MPFL features several teams who have won championships in different leagues in years prior, as well as the 2016 MPFL Champions, The Texas Bullets, which blew out the Ohio Crush 46-0 in the American Football Rules Championship Series – USA Bowl – National Championship Game on Saturday.
Needless to say, the Vikings know they could have a tough league schedule ahead of them.
“As a first-year team, the playoffs would be kind of good enough for our first year, just to get through it,” Willis said. “Being a first-year team is not easy at all, so making the playoffs would be huge in one of the best leagues in Texas, if not the nation, at the semipro level. Making the playoffs would be great for us, making the championship would be awesome. To play a team like the Bullets or the North Texas Stampede, that would be awesome.”
The Vikings will get a shot at the Stampede on April 8 and the Bullets on May 13. Until then, they’re working to polish up their spread offense, which will help them utilize all of their weapons on that side of the ball.
“On offense, we have Harold Wayne, receiver number one, then we have another receiver, number 12 Darius Benson,” Willis said. “Harold is 6-3, Darius is 6-7, they bring big-play ability. They can break it open at any time, they are sure-handed guys and they love to play ball, they are very competitive.
“Harold played for the Silverbacks this past season and Darius played for the Mesquite Wranglers, where he was the offensive player of that league with 30 touchdowns.”
Williams himself will play running back for the Vikings and wear number six.
Defensively, the Vikings have several playmakers they are also expecting a big year out of.
“We have Bennie Albury, he’s a linebacker,” Willis said. “He brings skill, he’s a true linebacker. He was real good coming out of high school. He was all-district coming out of high school. He’s a natural born linebacker, he can read an offense and come off of it, basically the quarterback of the defense.”
The secondary could prove to be a strength for the Vikings, with key players at practically every spot.
“Mike Lewis at safety, he’s a ball hawk and he can tackle,” Williams said. “He’s got good range, he’s going to come up and he’s going to hit. We got two corners, both are shut down corners. We got Ray Davis and Tremaine Williams.”
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