Making it into the playoffs for the 18th consecutive year is a respectable goal, yet that bar is far too low for the veteran Hornets that have much higher aspirations.
With a schedule that will drag them through the best of 1-AA, 1-AAAAAAA’s Tift County, and then of course 1-AAA, head coach Bobby Jones already knows what his senior leadership has to bring to the table.
“We have to be able to finish games,” Jones said. “Out of our losses last season, we led every game right up until the end, but we’d end up losing. I think that’s the mark of a younger team when that happens.”
Youth will not be a problem for the ’17 Hornets thanks to 14 returning starters. Then, new offensive coordinator Bill Wiles also brings a new style of offense to Adel, but a focus on the run game will still be instrumental to the Hornet attack.
“I feel like our greatest strength will be our offense’s ability to run the ball,” Jones said. “I feel like our offensive line and running backs will be able to control the line of scrimmage.”
With this template, making the playoffs is attainable, winning region is plausible and making a deep playoff run in feasible, but the Hornets’ priorities are well established.
“Everyone wants to win a state championship and go play college football, but we feel like if we develop young men who will be the leaders in our town, we’ve accomplished our goals,” he said.
In the Game Magazine / South Georgia / August – September 2017
Hornets to Lean on Returners for Strength
Written by Cole Parker
Photos by Danna Cooper