Although the Fort Walton Beach Vikings lost 30-20 to the Pace Patriots Friday night, there were a few bright spots.
One of those bright spots was Jamison Brundidge, a former Destin Middle School Marlin who scored two of the three touchdowns for the Vikings in their season opener.
And even though they lost, Brundidge said the team hopes to gain the respect of other area schools.
“We’re definitely not to our full potential yet,” Brundidge said after Monday’s practice. “Hopefully (the season) won't end like last Friday. … We will definitely improve and all click.”
On the Vikings' first series against Pace, Fort Walton quarterback Kevin Quinn connected with Brundidge for a 50-yard touchdown strike.
His second TD catch was a 39 yarder late in the second quarter.
“I like playing receiver a lot more than quarterback, which is what I played in middle school,” said the 16-year-old junior Viking.
Brundidge finished Friday’s opener with seven catches for 111 yards.
“I always get nervous, but that’s just part of it,” he said of before a game.
But when he’s going up for the ball, “It’s really just focus,” he said.
Brundidge has been playing football since he was about 5 years old. He started out with flag football then suited up for tackle with the Destin Dolphins in the third grade, then went on to play for the Destin Marlins in middle school.
And he plans to continue with the game.
“I’m satisfied with my position … I don’t really see myself anywhere else,” Brundidge said.
As for Friday night's performance against Pace, he said, “I’m kind of happy with the way I played Friday even though we didn’t come out on top.”
Up next for the Vikings is a 7 p.m. road game this Friday at Panama City Beach to take on the Arnold Marlins.