Hometown Heroes: Huntsville Hornets

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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -- The Hornets welcome back six starters on offense and four more on defense as they aim to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

After seeing his squad held to single digits three times a year ago, head coach Rodney Southern knows they will have to improve their consistency. Five of six returning offensive starters are seniors, including big linemen Fernando Garcia and Jake Adams. “Depth on the offensive and defensive lines will be one of our biggest strengths this season,” said Southern. Jayce Elliott returns at quarterback, but also look out for sophomore Matthew Southern. 6’5” Nathan Shirley will be a big target at tight end once again this season.

T’Vondre Sweat is the Hornets only returning all-district selection and will team up with Colby Vaughan to form a pretty good duo at defensive end. Safety Byron Coutee will lead the secondary and Brodarian O’Bryant is the lone returnee at linebacker.

The Hornets open the season with three straight games on the road, the toughest at 4A Division I state semifinalist China Spring in week two. 20-5A will be competitive once again as well. Defending the home field will go a long way in helping the Hornets get back to the playoffs.