HACKETT (KFSM)-- Hackett lost 12-seniors from a team that went 10-2 last season. Some thought it might be a rebuilding year for the Hornets with sophomores filling in those roles, but instead they rolled to another impressive showing in 2016.
"You tell everybody you lost 12 seniors and they just give you that look that it's going to be a tough year," said Hornets coach Lonnie Hester. "We preach to the kids don't let anybody tell you how good your going to be. We told the sophomores from the beginning that they were going to have to step up and play like seniors."
The Hornets (9-1, 7-1) have been performing like a veteran squad on both sides of the ball. They’re forcing three turnovers per game on defense and boast an explosive on offense with quarterback Ely Stormes leading the way.
"I thought we would be alright," said Stormes. "I didn't think we would be this good. It's just good to be out there on both sides of the ball and definitely defensively get us the ball back."
Last fall Hackett won their first playoff game in five years, now they get another shot at postseason play and they hope to make an even deeper run.
"These guys have taught me a lot this year about being coach," said Hester. "Never underestimate your guys when they want it and they want it. For us to be where we are to host another playoff game for our program that's huge."