At 6-2 on the season, sitting at third place in their division and looking to make a playoff push, the Dallas Vikings certainly don’t look like a first-year team, and they have surpassed expectations in their inaugural season in the Minor Professional Football League.
“We have a lot of young guys, but those young guys are stepping up in a major way,” Vikings co-owner Brandon Willis told Developmental Football USA.
Offensively, the wide receiver duo of Harold Wayne and Tre Taylor have played lights out for the Vikings. Wayne has hauled in 18 catches for 457 yards and seven touchdowns, and rushed for another one, and Taylor has added 431 yards and two touchdowns through the air on 27 catches, while also serving as a return specialist and defensive back.
“Our quarterback situation has been shaky, we are down to our third-string quarterback, K.C. Reid, but he is stepping up to the plate with great showings in the last three games,” Willis said.
Reid has completed 28 of 58 passes for 449 yards and four touchdowns and has thrown four interceptions. The Vikings opened up the season with Cody Court as their starting quarterback, but he suffered a broken foot Week 4.
“Cody led us to a 4-0 start playing lights out, but he will be back and ready to play in the playoffs,” Willis said.
Defensively, safety Mike Lewis and outside linebacker Jordan Neely have come through for the Vikings in a major way.
“Our defense has been stout all year with guys like Mike Lewis making plays all over the field,” Willis said. “Outside linebacker Jordan Neely has been on a complete war path.”
Lewis has racked up 40 tackles, two tackles for losses, one forced fumble and an interception returned for a touchdown and Neely has added 29 tackles, three interceptions, one forced fumble and three defensive touchdowns. Offensively, Neely has also ran for, thrown for, and caught at least one touchdown.
“With the playoffs around the corner we will lean on our defense to get the job done against the top offenses in the league to make this playoff run,” Willis said. “All in all, the Vikings are proving to the league that we can play with anybody. We’re young and we are the future of the MPFL”