TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Seaman Vikings went 8-3 last year in Glenn O'Neil's first season as the head football coach.
The Vikings won six more games than the previous season and beat KC Turner in the playoffs. Seaman is hoping last year's solid season will be a building block for them moving forward.
"I think the main thing is it kind of established some confidence in us as far as what our schemes were, as far as our schemes being able to work," said O'Neil. "On top of that when they come back and they know our schemes we're probably way ahead of where we were last year at the same point."
"The 8-3 season was big for us, I mean it was kind of a chance to believe in each other and kind of believe in a chance that we can get Seaman rolling again," said O'Neil.
One of the key pieces from last year was senior quarterback Dalton Cowan who is now at Emporia State. Cowan had 23 total touchdowns during his senior year.
Now the Vikings will be turning to junior quarterback Kobe Jones.
"Kobe had a really good summer," said O'Neil. "He progressed a lot from the very first. I think that he knew the x's and o's but maybe didn't know the ins and outs as far as who is his key as far as when he makes the sprint out who am I looking for on defense.I'm not looking for a receiver I'm looking for who is making the adjustment as far as on their drops."
"I think he's come a long ways with that and kind of understands the process a lot more because Kobe was a running back until last year. So he has basically seven JV games under his belt and everyday is almost like ground hog day for him it's a new experience," said O'Neil.
Seaman opens up the 2017 season against Topeka West on September 1st.