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Independent capsule & schedule: Nichols

Nichols Vikings (0-9)

Coach: Bob Mullen, first season

Home field: Peek Field

Program founded: 1895

Outlook: The program that once had a student-athlete by the name of Roswell Park Jr. enters its 122nd season looking to rebound from last year’s winless anomaly. The Vikings’ 28-man roster includes seven returning starters on offense and eight on defense. Senior linebacker Paul Brinson is back after leading the Vikings in tackles. He shifts from offensive line to fullback. Classmate and second-leading tackler Mike Nercessian, an outstanding student heading to MIT, moves from guard to H-back. Senior Austin Ellis-Mohr is a solid pass defender at corner and will play tight end. Bob Mullen takes over for Colin Brinson, who shifts into an assistant’s role. Mullen has been coaching for 35 years. He was Maryvale’s head coach from 1998-00. Nichols went 4-3-1 in 2014.

Schedule

Sept. 3 at V-Holley, 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 9 at V-Bishop Kearney, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 17 at V-Finney/Northstar Christian, 1 p.m.

Sept. 24 vs. V-Marcus Whitman, 1 p.m.

Oct. 1 vs. V-Finney/Northstar Christian, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 8 vs. V-Mynderse Academy, 1 p.m.

Oct. 14 at V-Pembroke, 7 p.m.

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