Weeki Wachee football preview

Weeki Wachee_HornetsWeeki Wachee Hornets (Class 5A-District 6)

2013 Record:  3-7

Head Coach:  Mark Lee

Key Players:  Daytona Patterson (WR, Sr.), Shawn O’Gorman (RB, Jr.), Jacob Tinch (DL, Jr.), Anthony Hartman (LB, Sr.), Justin Rowand (RB, Sr.), Brice Spaulding (OL, Sr.), Devon Dupuis (LB, Jr.), David Hokanson (OL, Sr.)

Outlook:  The Hornets have a great motto for 2014: Brick by brick. They are hoping to continue to build on being competitive in just their third season of varsity football, along with their tough district.

O’Gorman, who was moved to running back this past May, had a 47-yard scoring run in the spring game. The battle for quarterback will be between sophomore Alec Cromie, who started on JV last season, and Gulf transfer Aaron Arnold. Patterson, who led the county and district in receptions, returns for his senior season.

Weeki Wachee’s offensive success will depend on their new QB and his leadership qualities, but Spaulding returns at center and will be a three-year starter. The Hornets will have some inexperience on the offensive line but they will have size.

On defense, Hartman (59 tackles in ’13) and Tinch, who is receiving interest from D-I schools, return on the defensive line. For the Hornets to be successful in 2014, they will have to do a better job of tackling, eliminate turnovers on offense, and do a much better job in the red zone.

2014 Football Schedule
Friday, August 22 – vs. Lecanto, 7 p.m. (Preseason)
Friday, August 29 – vs. Interlachen, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 5 – at Springstead (Spring Hill), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 12 – vs. Hudson, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 19 – at Hernando (Brooksville), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, September 26 – vs. Zephyrhills, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 3 – vs. Central (Brooksville), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 10 – at Pasco (Dade City), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 17 – at Colonial (Orlando), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 24 – vs. South Sumter (Bushnell), 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 31 – at Nature Coast (Brooksville), 7:30 p.m.*

*District game

Weeki Wachee 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 5A-DISTRICT 6
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)