Wednesday, September 2, 2009

And while we're at it, North's 'toughest' player

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention an undersized (5-foot-10, 200-pound) Vikings defensive lineman named Latham York. He was all over the field in Friday night’s game, and while I’m still trying to track down his final stats, rest assured they were significant.

He had at least two sacks and was in on perhaps ten tackles, despite usually being blocked by bigger players.

“Pound for pound, he’s probably the toughest, strongest kid we have,” North Meck coach Mike Bradley said. “I think wrestling has made him a better football player.

“He’s our nose guard and while he’s not big, he’s so quick you have to double-team him.”

Keep in mind that York is a junior, meaning he still has time to add a few inches before the colleges make their final decisions. That kind of growth could turn him into one of our sleepers for the class of 2011.

--Stan Olson

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