2006 Hornet Football
Skills + Talent = "X"
The 2006 Hornets met many new challenges this year, such as moving up from Class 3A to 4A, introducing a new coaching staff and system, and the pressure to produce more wins. "Believe" became the team's theme. The final record (3-7) does not tell the whole story of the season. "A lot of things we did weren't noticed by a lot of people. I am still glad I was a part of it," stated Senior Jake Carter.
The Hornets had many accomplishments. Playing at Fairview, the Hornets rallied from a nine point deficeit with two minutes left in the game, to earn the school's first ever Class 4A victory. The Hornets also beat one of their most heated rivals, Cleveland, with a last second game winning field goal to end a two year slump.
Running 110 yard sprints and working out in 100 degree heat daily, takes a special type of person. The 2006 Hornets' season was not a Disney movie or a "Two-A-Days" episode. It was not about money or politics, it was about changing attitudes. It was about passion. And passion is the "X" factor in life.
Week 1 Video Highlights
Check out this video highlight clip from last week's football victory against Cleveland. The file size is 5,000 KB. Click here.
Q and A with Coach Williams
Coach Jon Williams sat down with LocustForkHornets.com member and football player, Jake Carter, for an interview prior to the 2006 season. Coach Williams is beginning his first season as head coach of the Locust Fork Hornets after serving as an assistant coach for four years at Mississippi College.
Q: How has the transition been from coaching college football to high school football?
A: There are a lot of things in high school coaching that college coaches forget about, such as the administrative duties and keeping the facilities maintained. But football is football whether it is Pee-wee or the pros. The field is always 100 yards long. The biggest difference of all is in college you go get what you need and in high school you have to adapt your system to the best players you are given.
Q: Where do you see this season going?
A: I feel like the student body and especially the players have made tremendous strides and you don’t really have to look very far to see that. Biggest of all, the work ethic has vastly improved. I feel excited about it.
Q: What obstacles do you and your team face?
A: Well first off we have been placed in one of the biggest and hardest regions in class 4A. How we plan to overcome that is by outworking our opponents, getting better everyday, and never losing sight of our goals.
Q: What does the game of football mean for you?
A: Next to God and my family, it is basically my life. I feel like I haven’t really worked a day in my life because everyday I go to work I enjoy it. When I get to where I don’t enjoy the profession anymore, I’ll call it quits.