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2021 Team Preview: Honesdale Hornets

Written by: on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021. Follow David Mika on Twitter.



Head Coach: Paul Russick

Assistant Coaches: Joe Kosciuk, Jim Ludwig, Josh LoBasso, Jon Gillow, Dan Patrisso, Jeff Kent, Gordy West, Josh Burkavage, Jeremy Ebert

Team Name: Honesdale Hornets

2020 Record: 2-5

District: 2

Class: AAAA

League: Lackawanna Football Conference, Division 2

Key Starters Lost:
Sam Deron
Geoffrey Johnson
Kane Rogers
Jakob Burlein
Jacob Orrick
Brady Carmody
Peter West
Jordan Degroat

Offensive Starters Returning: Sr. OL Josh Clark, 6’4 275, Sr. OL Brad Bennett, 6’2, 285, Sr. RB Connor Schmitt, 5’11, 180, Jr. WR Kage Southerton, 5’9, 155, Jr. WR Isaac Carmody, 5’11, 175,

Defensive Starters Returning: Sr. DL Kyle Hanson, 6’2, 230, Sr. DL Jack Kelleher, 6’0 195, Sr. LB/S Connor Schmitt, 5’11 180, Jr. LB CJ Hinton, 5’11 180, Jr. LB/S Max Mickel, 5’10 160, Jr. DB Johnny Kauffman, 5’11 170, Jr. DB Kage Southerton, 5’9, 155, Jr. DB Jake Mundy, 5’10 160

Special Team Starters Returning: P Tyler Winters, 5’11 180, KR Kage Southerton, 5’9, 155

Key Newcomers: Sr. OL/DL Jake Turner, 6’3 230, So. OL/DL Nick Denoie, 6’5, 210, So. OL/LB Caleb Bryant, 5’11 200, Jr. TE/LB Rocco Fluck, 6’3 220, Jr. WR/DB Kole Fries, 6’2 175, So. WR/DB Cameron Hedgelon 5’9, 155, Jr. WR/DB Lance Peak 5’9 155

2020 Returning Player Stats:

Connor Schmitt rushed for 715 yards on 177 carries and 6 touchdowns. He had 34 total tackles on defense.

Kage Southerton caught 10 passes for 143 yards. He had 16 total tackles on defense.

Johnny Kauffman had two interceptions and 30 total tackles

Kyle Hanson had 14 total tackles on defense.

Jack Kelleher had 12 total tackles on defense.

CJ Hinton had 14 total tackles on defense.

Max Mickel had 22 total tackles on defense.

Jake Mundy had 34 total tackles on defense.

Tyler Winters averaged 34.6 yards per punt and 4 punts inside the 20.

2021 Offensive Outlook: We are a run-first team. Connor Schmitt led the team a year ago with 110 yds/game. We will have success based around him along with a few others in the backfield. We have four other running backs (including CJ Hinton and Max Mickel) who have seen varsity action in the backfield. We will be breaking in 3 new offensive linemen and a quarterback. It will come down to how quickly we can get our new starters to mature and pick up the offense.

2021 Defensive Outlook: We need to continue to tackle. We were young in the secondary last year, but now this will be our veteran group this year. Kyle Hanson and Jack Kelleher return upfront. CJ Hinton will be asked to lead the defense at MLB after starting the last 2 games a year ago. Replacing two defensive ends and finding a home for all of our returning skill players will be the key upfront.

2021 Special Teams Outlook: Tyler Winters an all-league punter returns. A number of guys who have helped in the return game as well. We need to find a replacement kicker as a very reliable Brady Hanson has graduated.

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