The 1984 undefeated Vanden Vikings 12-0 high school football team


How they became champions. A true high school football story like no other. An emotional, funny and action-filled memoir that follows the five-year journey of a group of "Air Force brats" and their shared love for the game of football. Their story is told through the eyes of one of those friends. They weren't ordinary football players. They weren't extraordinary either; but were special when they played together. They had three undefeated seasons and recorded 45 wins, 4 losses and 2 ties. The author of the book had a serious head injury from a collision during a game, and he was knocked unconscious for three hours, suffering a major concussion. He was unable to play again that year. His final season he returned, wearing a special helmet, to co-lead his Vanden Viking team in their quest for the championship. ( What's in the Book? - Excerpts )

A high school football memoir that follows the five-year journey of a group of friends and an injured player recovering from a major concussion, when he was knocked unconscious for three hours during a game.

Paperback 5.5" x 8.5", 512 pages,
over 300 images,
and 30 year reunion included!

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The 1984 Vanden Viking championship high school football team consisted of 33 players, 3 coaches, and 3 captains. The Viking squad went 12-0 winning the Sac-Joaquin Section and SCAL league, and were ranked #2 in the state of California by Cal-Hi Sports. The linebacker trio known as "The Orient Express" led the charge to hold opposing teams to 132 total points between them, during the 12-game season. The trench crew averaged 186 lbs. The heaviest player on the 1984 Vanden football team was the fullback, at 204 lbs. The Vikings offensive line used movie-character names to confuse defenses, giving the offense an edge when the ball was hiked.


- Click the images below to see a larger view of Game #10 against Oak Ridge in the first round of the playoffs in 1984 -

 

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