HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) - The Harrisburg Hornets won't be without talent during their 2015 football season and heart won't be an issue either.
Coming off a 2-8 season and missing the playoffs every year since 2011, the offseason hasn't necessarily treated the Hornets much better than the past few seasons have. They lost their would be starting quarterback to Trumann and they also battled some injuries during the off months.
Entering fall practice, Head Coach Keith Davis and Harrisburg had to face that problem head on. "We're going to be young," said Davis, "We had a couple of kids move out of the district."
Because of the key losses in personnel, Harrisburg will be a little inexperienced. "We're going to have a sophomore quarterback and some sophomore wide receivers," said Davis.
The Hornets aren't without returning talent. They should be very stable on the offensive line. "The offensive line's got some maturity," said Davis. He's also very excited about the return of his star runningback. "Got a good runningback in Malik Versie," he added.
Versie returns in 2015 after missing half of last season when he broke his foot in a game against Cave City. Davis told Region 8 Sports that Versie is back to full strength and the injury should have no impact on the upcoming season.
One thing no one can take away from Harrisburg is the heart of the players, something that was evident during the visit to practice. "I like our kids, I like their attitude," said Davis. The players are taking having a good season personally. "We're working hard everyday, said Senior Wide Receiver Bailey Weston, "I think we're going to be a lot better than we were last year."
A big returning leader for the Hornets will be fullback Walker Hammond. He's a strong force that supports the offense. "We need to try our hardest and don't give up any play," said Hammond, "Go hard every play, five seconds a play. That's what I tell my linemen, just give me five seconds a play to put it in the endzone."
Harrisburg will open the 2015 campaign against their nearby foes Cross County.