COTTONDALE, Fla. - Team #16 in our 21 Teams in 21 Says is the Cottondale Hornets.
They're coming off a great season a year ago. They finished the regular season 7-2 and earned a playoff berth, before falling to Port St. Joe in the first round.
However, coach Tyler Addison has moved onto another gig, and Chris Obert is taking over as head coach. He's been with the Hornets’ football team for nine years as an assistant coach, and has coached the basketball team for the last twelve.
The Hornets are returning only nine seniors from last year, but that's not to say that there isn't plenty of experience returning.
Look out for Tyrus Dudley – he's a four year starter returning on the offensive and defensive line – along with three year starter Peyton Melvin and defensive tackle Eddie Henderson.
Two other guys who lead on both sides of the ball are h-back/linebacker Nate Kelley and wide receiver/defensive back Eriq Hendricks.
Those are the guys the hornets will rely on for leadership, especially early in the season as the younger players are still getting their feet wet.
At quarterback, it's a two man competition between senior Dalvin Barnes and sophomore Caleb Nix.
Obviously the goal is to win their conference again and return to the playoffs.
Coach Obert says things are off to a great start, and the team is really buying into his philosophy.
"They've been great,” he says, “They've done everything we've asked. Honestly, I've been heavily involved here the last several years. I've been pretty deeply involved. Coach Addison left behind a good program. We're just trying to build on it, do the best we can do, and get better each and every day. The kids have bought in and worked hard, which I expected them to."
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