The Bigfork Vikings went 9-0 in the regular season last year before falling to Baker in the playoffs. They have a lot of talent coming back, including Griz commit Josh Sandry, and are ready to get the season going.
"We're coming into this season pretty pumped about the guys we got, a lot of them have been working hard in the weight room and in the summer time and we're pretty pumped," said Bigfork Senior Josh Sandry.
"We're excited because we don't want to hit our own teammates so hard but we're excited to get the Bulldogs out here and start hitting," said senior Isaac Martel.
The Vikings host Choteau at home in their season opener. Bigfork has a venue unlike any other as the field overlooks Flathead Lake.
"You step up onto this field and look over Flathead Lake and it's absolutely stunning," said Head Coach Todd Emslie.
"We have one of the best field in my opinion in the entire state and to come out here and play football it's a blessing," said Sandry.
"It's great it would be some place I wouldn't want to come play against us," said Martel.
This past season the Bigfork Vikings basketball team went undefeated winning a state championship. Many of those guys are on the football team including the entire secondary. They're hoping their success on the court can translate to the gridiron.
"If nothing else it teaches you how to be mentally strong. I mean those kids went through a 26-0 season in basketball and had some gut check games in the tournament and that on top of all the playoff games in football makes you strong mentally and that's huge once you get to November," said Emslie.
"Yea there are a lot of us that were on the basketball team and like I said before we got a taste of that and would love to put another banner up," said Sandry.
The Vikings didn't say it was a championship or bust season for them but they certainly think they're capable of winning it all if they follow the sports cliche one game at a time.