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Latta football heathier for the post season

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Latta— The Latta High School Vikings’ football moves into the Class AA playoffs this week after a 6-4 regular season and a fourth place region finish.

Latta will travel to North Charleston, a three seed, for the first round game Friday night.

The Vikings have had a tough go of it down the stretch.

“We are really had to battle through some injuries,” explains Head Coach Brandon Iseman, “But I do think we are about as healthy (right now) as we have been in awhile.

Iseman said that North Charleston is very athletic with a very good quarterback that Latta will have to contain.

“He’s a big guy and he creates plays with his legs,” says Iseman, adding that he’s the leading rusher for North Charleston.

Iseman also said that North Charleston will present some match ups on the edge with some quality wide receivers.

“I think we match up well athletically,” he adds. “We just have to go down there and try to win the physicality battle.”

Moving into the playoffs sometimes presents challenges for teams and coaching staff with the dynamic of “win or go home” in play. Iseman is in his third season with Latta and the Vikings have experienced the playoff pressures all three seasons.

“We have some guys who have been in playoff games and some guys who are used to winning playoff games,” he says. “We are bringing some guys with experience who for them this won’t be their first time in (the playoff situations).”

Part of that injury bug that the Vikings have been battling has been Quarterback Dylan Brewer, a junior. Iseman, however, says that he and his staff hope to have Brewer back healthy this week for the playoff run.

Iseman and his staff have had several key players that have been key this season.

Senior wide receiver and defensive back Kendall Moultrie (6’0”, 180 lbs.) has been a force on both side of the football, as has Linemen Blake Tyler.

Deonte Stanley (6’ 2”, 185), a wide receiver and defensive back, has also been producing on both sides of the ball.

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