By Jake Berg / Delta Staff Writer
The Missouri Valley College football team recently concluded spring ball with their annual spring inner-squad game.
Though recent seasons haven’t been up to the Missouri Valley reputation, the vikings are looking forward to the upcoming season.
“Obviously we didn’t have the season we wanted last year,” said quarterback Jake Bridges. “we have been working towards changing that. We started hitting the weights hard as soon as last season ended and then kept it going strong through spring ball. We’ve had a lot of new guys come here in the spring, and have made our team stronger I believe. As a team, I felt that we had a great spring and everyone bonded well. I feel that we are closer together with each other, which is key in football.”
The Vikings finished their 2018 season with a record of 3-7 and 1-3 in conference play.
I’m looking forward to next season, and I truly believe we have the talent/pieces to turn this program back around to the way it used to be,” said Bridges.
Missouri Valley Football has a proud history of winning, holding the title of the most winningest football team in the History of the NAIA, it’s no secret that MVC hopes to get back to having winning seasons.
“Ideally, we want a conference championship at the least, but that’s every team too,” said Bridges. “Realistically, we need to worry about moving into the winning column again. We’ve had two losing seasons in a row now, and it’s time to turn that around. So to say a national championship as our goal isn’t achievable, but we have to take baby steps first, and that starts with getting back in the winning column.”
MVC opens their season on the road against Peru State College, the Vikings are 5-3 in previous matchups. Missouri Valley home games include; Clarke University, Grand View University, William Penn University, Baker University, and end the season with rivals Benedictine College.
“I’ve never been someone who looks at opponents differently,” said Bridges. “I go into each game with the same mentality, and I’ve always been like that. Of course there are some games more exciting than others, and some teams we face have a stronger rivalry than others, but I am not concerned about other teams. I’m solely focused on my team and how we can be the best we can possibly be.”