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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – With the official start of high school football season beginning on Friday, Atlantic City High School is looking for a fresh start.
Like the rest of the former Cape-Atlantic League teams, it'll be a season of change for Atlantic City as the Vikings will be competing in the West Jersey Football League Continental Division. And the team won't be able to ease into things in for the 2016 season as they open against top-ranked St. Augustine Prep on Friday night.
This season also marks seven years for head coach Thomas Kelly who's guided Atlantic City to the postseason a handful of times in his tenure so far. This feat has been no easy task as qualifying for the playoffs in Group V is very competitive, and the road is actually tougher for the Vikings this season.
"We seem to get the toughest schools in South Jersey every single year. But it's the name of the game. One day we do want to hold ourselves as the best team around here so in order to be the best, we're going to have to beat the best," said Kelly. "One of the things about turning around from last year is not worrying about last year. Last year was last year...So we come into it, everything fresh, everything new."
With games against Washington Township, Williamstown, and Millville - the Vikings know they'll be in for a big-school battle every week.
"Last year left us with a big chip on our shoulders, and we got a little sour taste. Coming back this year, we have to bounce back harder," said linebacker Jehni Rice-Williams.
The Vikings also have division games against Bridgeton, Egg Harbor Township, and Vineland this season as well. Atlantic City's opener against Saint Augustine Prep is set for 6 p.m. on Friday night in Richland.