ATWATER, Ohio (WKBN) – Waterloo is seeking their first winning season in 11 years (2011: 7-3) and their second playoff trip in school history (1999).

Mike Devies begins his 8th season at the helm of the Waterloo football program.

In their 7-losses a year ago, the defense allowed 38.7 points per game. In their 3-wins, they permitted an average of 18.3 points.

Waterloo will be without their starter at quarterback Bobby Makin. Last year, Makin threw for 363 yards and ran for another 1143 to lead the team. Mason Duncan has also graduated after rushing for a team-high 5.8-yards per carry (118 attempts, 680 yards, 5 TDs) and finishing first on the team with 103 tackles on defense.

Junior Jayden Hakin enjoyed a productive 2021 season by rushing for 223 yards (3 TDs) and also finishing second on the team with 61 tackles.

Devies points out, “Jayden [Hakin] and Austin Hurst will compete for the quarterback role. Evan Kugler, Bobby Harouff, Aric May and Landon McClain will all compete for carries next year.”

The Vikings return their entire offensive line from last year. “To compete in the MVAC, you have to win the trenches. We have to get stronger, plain and simple.”

Defensively, Devies looks to build off of the experience that many of his younger players gained. “Playing many young kids helped us figure out their strengths and weaknesses It’s our job as coaches to get them into a position the plays to their strengths.”

Since the MVAC was created in 2017, the Vikings have compiled a 9-24 record in league play.

Waterloo has twenty-four returning letter winners. The new season is set to begin on Friday, August 19 when the Vikings welcome United.

Waterloo Vikings
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Mike Devies, 8th season (20-50)
2021 Record: 3-7 (2-4), T-5th place in MVAC, Scarlet Tier
Last 5 Years: 16-34 (32%)
Home Field: Waterloo Stadium
League: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference, Scarlet Tier
Base Offense: Single Wing
Base Defense: 4-3

2021 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 19.0 (47th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 32.6 (51st in Area)
Total Offense: 257.0
Rushing Offense: 220.7
Passing Offense: 36.3

2021 Individual Leaders
Passing: Bobby Makin – 363 yards, 60.0% (21-35), 3 TDs
Rushing: Bobby Makin – 1143 yards, 4.9 avg, 14 TDs
Receiving: Mason Duncan – 8 catches, 104 yards
Tackles: Mason Duncan – 103

2021 Results
Mineral Ridge 33 Vikings 30
Field 36 Vikings 8
Vikings 28 Jackson-Milton 15
Springfield 51 Vikings 0
Lowellville 31 Vikings 28
Western Reserve 34 Vikings 8
Vikings 30 Sebring 22
Malvern 51 Vikings 16
Vikings 34 Strasburg-Franklin 18
Newton Falls 35 Vikings 8

2021 MVAC Scarlet Tier Standings
Springfield – 7-0 (13-2)
Western Reserve – 5-1 (5-6)
Lowellville – 4-2 (7-3)
McDonald – 3-2 (3-6)
Mineral Ridge – 2-4 (4-5)
Waterloo – 2-4 (3-7)
Jackson-Milton – 1-5 (2-7)
Sebring – 0-6 (1-7)

2022 Schedule
Aug. 19 – United
Aug. 26 – Strasburg Franklin
Sept. 2 – at Malvern
Sept. 9 – at Sebring
Sept. 16 – Western Reserve
Sept. 23 – at Lowellville
Sept. 30 – Springfield
Oct. 7 – Jackson-Milton
Oct. 14 – at McDonald
Oct. 21 – Mineral Ridge