Experienced gain, games won, and lumps taken during the 2016 season for Airline High School has placed high hopes on the Vikings for the upcoming season.
Much like last season, navigating a 5A-District 1 conference schedule with Byrd, Captain Shreve, Evangel Christian, Haughton, Southwood, and Parkway will not be easy but the grizzled Vikings roster may return enough seasoned talent to challenge again in 2017.
Airline High School, located in Bossier City (LA), started off the 2016 season with a bang as they destroyed their first two opponents, Union Parish (27-6) and Green Oaks (30-8). In Week 3, the Vikings momentum was halted as they fell 29-19 to Ruston. Airline would then shutout their next three opponents 17-0, 21-0, and 44-0 with wins coming over Southwood, Captain Shreve and Mansfield.
On Oct. 14, Airline would win their fourth straight with a 35-17 thrashing of Haughton to bring their record to 6-1. Unfortunately, the Vikings would drop their final three games of the regular season which included a 36-34 triple-overtime loss sandwiched in between blowout losses against Evangel Christian Academy and on the road at Parkway. Airline then fell in the opening round of the playoffs, 45-35, to Sulphur to close out the 2016 season with a record 6-4.
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