POPLAR GROVE, Ill. (WIFR) As the quarterback goes, so does the team. And that's no different for a North Boone squad looking to get back to the playoffs for a second consecutive season.
The Vikings have five three-year varsity players on their roster. Starting quarterback Britton Morris threw for more than 2,400 and 25 touchdowns while leading his team to a 7-3 record last year.
North Boone will have a number of weapons for Morris returning Including running back Cooper Baden and receiver Ethan Rydell. But no matter the numbers he puts up, the senior says there's one stat that matters most and that's winning.
"I feel like, a quarterback and a leader, their best intangible is being able to lead their team to a winning season," said Morris. "A goal of mine is to host a playoff game."
Head coach Aaron Sullivan enters his 13th year in charge of the program, lading North Boone to the playoffs three times in the last six seasons.
"Just a great leader, a great teammate, a tone-setter for us here in practice. He has a great work ethic," said Sullivan. "It makes all the kids around him better when you have one of your better players working as hard as he does. It really becomes contagious and everyone else feels like that have to."
The Vikings have not won the Big Northern since the conference was two divisions back in 2012.
"It's just a great conference in every sport, football too," said Sullivan. "There's six or seven teams that are going to be disappointed they don't make the playoffs. We can't all make them, the quality of football is unbelievable."