The Atlantic City High School football team begins a new era in more ways than one this season.

The Vikings will play their home games on a new artificial grass field. But the field comes with a price. It will be not be finished until October, so Atlantic City  will play its first four games on the road and not have its season opener until its hosts Buena Regional on Oct. 18.

The Vikings finished 8-3 and reached the South Jersey Group V semifinals last season. But they will feature several newcomers as they graduated several dynamic players, including Dayshawn Reynolds, who was The Press 2012 Player of the Year. Atlantic City could start as many as eight sophomores.

The Vikings will rely on their few veterans. Senior Grant Nutly leads the offensive and defensive lines. Wide receiver Isiah Graves averaged nearly 12 yards per catch last season.

Among the Atlantic City newcomers are quarterback candidates Don Daniel and Jamir Prevard.

I've covered high school sports and variety of other events and teams - including the ShopRite LPGA Classic and the Phillies - since 1993.