Hometown Heroes: Caldwell Hornets

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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -- The Caldwell Hornets made it three straight trips to the postseason after a 5-5 regular season. Head coach Bobby Jack Goforth said, “We overcame some injuries to key starters and had to make changes in the lineup.

The best part of the season was finishing 3-2 in district to qualify for the playoffs.” The Hornets’ season ended in the bi-district round, however, in a 77-59 shootout loss to Waco Robinson.

Caldwell will rely on a solid group of seniors as they look to contend for a district championship and make a fourth straight trip to the playoffs.

Quarterback Will Faust and wide receiver Domonique Chambers could be one of the most dynamic duos in the Brazos Valley. Goforth said, “Experience at quarterback and the offensive line along with the return of Chambers will be our biggest strengths.”

Chambers has 76 career receptions for over 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns, but had to play a lot of running back as a junior due to injuries.

Six starters are back on a defense that had issues a year ago, giving up 30 or more points in seven of their eleven games. “We need to improve our defense and give up less points,” said Go-forth.

The line should be the strength of the defense, led by three returning starters in Andrew Telg at end and Ray Flores and Jacob Pena at tackle.

The Hornets will face a challenging schedule, including 3A power Teague to open the season. “We are 0-3 against them the past three seasons,” said Goforth. “All of our non-district games will be tough.” District 10-4A Division II will be no cakewalk either, as the Hornets will look to challenge defending champ Giddings and La Grange for the crown. “We expect to compete for the district title,” said Goforth.