Last season, the Burbank Vikings Youth Tackle Football program's Midget Green team captured a Pacific Youth Football League Super Bowl championship with a resounding 34-6 victory against Ventura Black.
This season, with another solid turnout for the organization, the Vikings are looking to establish a tradition of appearances in Super Bowl games.
"Last year it was great that we had the team that made it to the championship game, and that Super Bowl team is back," Burbank Vikings President Kirk Jensen said. "But we also have another team that we fully expect can make it there as well this season. We've got a pretty nice program this year."
"But for successful teams like those, they put in a lot of work. In fact, they mainly practice year round now."
The Vikings teams have been engaged in preseason practices for three weeks, working up to opening week on Aug. 31. Jensen said he estimates there are more than 200 players out so far and the organization will field nine teams. In addition, the cheerleading program boasts 40-50 participants.