POPLAR GROVE – North Boone enters a new coaching era in 2019 as they try to write a new chapter to their winning culture in recent years.
The Vikings hand the reins to Phil Baker, who takes over after a decade-plus run at the helm for Aaron Sullivan. Baker has been on the Vikings sidelines for Sullivan’s tenure, so it’s been a seamless transition thus far in training camp.
North Boone made consecutive playoff appearances in 2017 and 2018, a first in more than a decade for the program. They were anchored last year by a prolific offense lead by Britton Morris at quarterback, and a bevy of playmakers. Now those seniors are gone, and it’s time to fill out a new depth chart.
“It’s just one of the greatest things about high school football,” Baker says. “You see so many great athletes come through, they have their moment. When they leave, new guys have to step up and as a coaching staff, that’s what’s fun is trying to figure out getting the most out of your players and putting the puzzle together.”
A new North Boone picture will come into focus starting on August 30 in Week 1 against Mendota in Poplar Grove.