Hornets Look to Rebuild On, Off Football Field
By CODY TOMER
HUNDRED — Hundred’s 2017 season was a tough one to bear.
As flood waters washed through the town, the field, locker rooms and jerseys were left in ruin, helping to lead to an 0-10 record that was hard to avoid under the circumstances.
Now it’s a new year and Hundred is back on the field focusing on one thing — football.
“The field is back up and running,” Hornets coach Shayne Minor said. “It took a lot of money from our program but the locker rooms and all of our gear has been replaced after the flood.
“We have regrouped and we have some new players out this year, plus last year’s players. Hopefully, we can get that first win right off the bat. There is no reason not to. We have 20 players and our numbers are up from last year.”
With numbers on the rise and football on their minds, Minor is hoping to be on the verge of a turnaround season.
“We want to turn this program around,” he said. “It’s going to be hard work but I’m hoping they can start to believe in themselves and compete.
“Losing year after year, it makes it hard to do that. Players just want to give up if you get down early in a game.
“We are trying to change that way of thinking and make it a more positive mindset this year.”
The only losses to graduation come on the line of scrimmage as Andy Howell, Tim White and Zach Zedell collected their diplomas.
Despite the losses up front, Minor is expecting big things from junior lineman Dylan Gump.
“We are averaging 280 pounds on the line,” Minor said. “Gump is 6-foot-2, 360, has good footwork and is a smart kid.
“We are looking for leadership on the line and he can provide that. He grasps everything we try to do.”
Luke Henderson (5-10, 300) is a sophomore who will also provide assistance on the offensive and defensive lines.
Senior lineman Brandon Rine (5-10, 200) earned All-Mason Dixon accolades a season ago and will also play middle linebacker for Minor’s squad.
“Brandon is a guy you love to have on your team,” Minor said. “He carries a 4.0 GPA and is taking Engineering courses.
“Our strength is on the offensive line. They are good, we are deep at the position and they are working hard.”
Sophomore David Derby (6-foot, 280) will also play in the trenches for the Hornets.
“He played in grade school but didn’t come out as a freshman,” Minor said. “He is 280 but runs a 4.8 40 yard dash.
“We could set him up in the backfield in the Power I, too.”
The fifth but perhaps the most talented on the line is senior Brandon Bailey, who stands at 6-foot, 290 pounds.
“He is the type of kid that if he put in the work, he can play at the next level,” Minor said. “He is big but agile.
“We expect big things from him both on the offensive and defensive lines.”
That powerful offensive line will be protecting junior gunslinger Logan Norris.
“Norris is throwing the ball about 55 yards on the fly this year,” Minor said. “He has been in the weight room, he lost weight and is more agile.”
He’ll be handing the ball off to senior tailback Andrew Zedell in the backfield, who earned All-Mason Dixon honors a year ago.
“Andrew is in his third year and we expect big things out of him,” Minor said. “He is a fast, tough and key player for our team.”
Another All-Mason Dixon player for the Hornets is sophomore Skylar Goff, who had a breakthrough freshman campaign.
A pair of junior wide receivers could be looked to for big plays this year in Bryce Bartrug and Martin Baker, while junior lineman Marlin Hippensteel and David Gray could play key roles.
Rounding out the sophomore class is also two receivers and two linemen.
Jacob Kuhn and Brayden Cotrell will look to make plays in the passing game, while Brenden Tedrow and Gauge Boston could see playing time on the line.
Four freshmen conclude the 2018 team with Michael Blare (WR/DB), Kyler Peters (OL/DL), Isaac Price (OL/DL), and Chris Rine (OL/DL).
The Hornets begin the slate on Aug. 24 at Clay-Battelle, followed by their home opener with Cameron.
Helping Minor on the sidelines this year is assistant coach Corey Kimble.
“This is Corey’s third year and he is our offensive coordinator,” Minor said. “We split everything and coach our rear ends off every day. It’s a non-stop thing and we have been putting in the work.”
Aug. 24: at Clay-Battelle 7 p.m.
Aug. 31: Cameron 7 p.m.
Sept. 7: Beallsville 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15: at Hannan 2 p.m.
Sept. 21: at Paden City 7 p.m.
Sept. 28: Gilmer County 7 p.m.
Oct. 5: Valley 7 p.m.
Oct. 12: at Hancock 7 p.m.
Oct. 19: at Tygarts Valley 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 2: Montcalm 7:30 p.m.
Win 2, Lose 8
Brendon Bailey, Brandon Rine, Andrew Zedell
Martin Baker, Bryce Bartrug, David Gray, Dylan Gump, Marlin Hippensteel, Logan Norris
Gauge Boston, Brayden Cotrell, David Derby, Skylar Goff, Luke Henderson, Jacob Kuhn, Brenden Tedrow
Michael Blare, Kyler Peters, Isaac Price, Chris Rine