Hawthorne football preview

Hawthorne_Hornets footballHawthorne Hornets (Class 1A-District 6)

2013 Record: 2-8

Head Coach: Ellis Walker, Jr.

Key Players: Torres Williams (QB/SS/DE, Sr.), Rodney Sommons (WR/CB/RB. Sr.), Dionte Mann (MLB/TE/FB, Sr.), Kenny Sykes (C/DT, Sr.), Colton Adkins (OT/DT/LB, Sr.), Tra Mann (CB/WB, So.), Jamell Bradshaw (TE/DE, Jr.)

Outlook: Despite only winning two games last season, the Hornets did make progress in Walker’s second season after a winless campaign in 2012. In fact, they snapped a 17-game losing streak mid-season with a convincing 82-0 win over Jacksonville Seacoast Christian. This year, the Hornets will have seven starters returning on offense and six starters back on defense. Walker said he feels good about this upcoming season.

“We are a young team and these young men are buying in,” he said. “Hard work pays off so they are hitting the weight room and conditioning hard. We have a tough five-team district with state champ Trenton paving the way, so it will be good.”

2014 Football Schedule
Friday, August 29 – vs. Cedar Creek Christian (Jacksonville), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 5 – at Interlachen, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 12 – at Cambridge Christian (Tampa), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 19 – at Hilliard, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, September 26 – vs. PK Yonge (Gainesville), 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 2 – at Foundation Academy (Winter Garden), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 17 – vs. Trenton, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 24 – vs. Bronson, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 31 – at Bell, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, November 7 – vs. The Villages, 7:30 p.m.

*District game

Hawthorne High School website

“The Prep Zone” will count down to kick-off with a daily preview of high school football teams in the North Central Florida area. Here are the future release dates:

CLASS 1A-DISTRICT 6
June 28 – Trenton

CLASS 1A-DISTRICT 7
June 29 – Chiefland
June 30 – Dixie County (Cross City)
July 1 – Newberry
July 2 – Union County (Lake Butler)
July 3 – Williston

CLASS 1A-DISTRICT 8
July 4 – Wildwood

CLASS 3A-DISTRICT 2
July 5 – Trinity Catholic (Ocala)
July 6 – PK Yonge (Gainesville)

CLASS 4A-DISTRICT 2
July 7 – Fort White

CLASS 4A-DISTRICT 4
July 8 – The Villages
July 9 – Bradford (Starke)

CLASS 5A-DISTRICT 5
July 10 – Belleview
July 11 – Crystal River
July 12 – Dunnellon
July 13 – Eastside (Gainesville)
July 14 – North Marion (Citra)
July 15 – Santa Fe (Alachua)
July 16 – Suwannee (Live Oak)

CLASS 5A-DISTRICT 6
July 17 – Central (Brooksville)
July 18 – Weeki Wachee
July 19 – Hernando (Brooksville)
July 20 – Nature Coast (Brooksville)
July 21 – South Sumter (Bushnell)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 3
July 22 – Columbia (Lake City)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 5
July 23 – Citrus (Inverness)
July 24 – Gainesville
July 25 – Lake Weir (Ocala)
July 26 – Vanguard (Ocala)
July 27 – Forest (Ocala)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 6
July 28 – Springstead (Spring Hill)

CLASS 7A-DISTRICT 3
July 29 – Buchholz (Gainesville)

CLASS 8A-DISTRICT 1
July 30 – West Port (Ocala)