The Latta Vikings traveled to Cheraw for the Chesterfield County Founders Federal Credit Union Football Jamboree.
Latta took on Chesterfield in the 8:00 p.m. game, and the Rams got out to a 7-0 start early on. Latta tied the game 7-7, but Chesterfield had pulled ahead to 21-7 by the end of the first quarter.
The Rams made it 24-7 early in the second before the Vikings started to rally, picking up two touchdowns to trail 24-19 as the game ended.
Latta is in their first season under Brandon Iseman after head coach Kelly Williamson resigned at the end of last season. Under Williamson, the Vikings earned a 16-26 record including back-to-back playoff appearances in the last two seasons.
Iseman graduated from West Florence High and attended Methodist University before taking a coaching position at Dixon High School in Holly Ridge, North Carolina. Iseman earned a 6-16 record in two seasons with the Bulldogs.
Latta finished with a 4-8 record last season and will return some key players including Colby Lee, Davonte Porter, Tyreik McAllister, and Kartilus McFadden.
Latta is set to open the regular season at Mullins on Friday, August 28, at 7:30 p.m. Then the Vikings will take on some tough Class 2A opponents in Dillon and Aynor before facing some Class A rivals McBee and East Clarendon.
The Vikings will open region play against Hemingway on October 2 and will face local and regional rival Lake View on October 9. Latta will be back home to host Creek Bridge and Carvers Bay, and wrap up the regular season on the road at Green Sea Floyds on October 30.
Despite some challenges ahead, Iseman said he was excited for the upcoming season and to be part of the Latta community.
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