HUNTSVILLE —Huntsville football fans rejoice. August 8 marked the first day of the fall football season as the Hornets opened their fall training camp.
With 17 days between the opening of camp and the opening game, the Hornets are ready for the challenge.
“Well, I think overall it was a pretty good day,” Huntsville head coach Rodney Southern said. “The transition we made from spring to summer and now fall was evident with the guys we know we’re going to rely on. I thought our o and d lines were where we needed to be in terms of condition and experience. We’re going to be young in a lot of places. I think we picked up where we left off in the spring.
Huntsville will come out of a 4-5 season that left the team clinging to playoff hopes after a triple-overtime game against Lamar Fulshear. The Hornets would miss the playoffs for the first time in four years after Lamar Consolidated beat Bryan Rudder to clinch the fourth and final spot.
With a new roster, the Hornets will be looking to right the ship and get back into the UIL playoffs. However, they have to do it without a QB1 set and several key positions to fill.
“A year ago at one point we played three or four freshmen,” Southern said. “We moved Austin Taylor to JV and he quarterbacked them last year. You don’t like doing this because you want experience, but you also want maturity in terms of age. The thing with these guys is that there are four or five sophomores, but they have experience. Until you see the size and speed of college, it’s tough. The good thing is that these young guys are here.
The Hornets still have plenty of time to determine their positions and build their roster by Game 1, which is Aug. 26.
Huntsville will host its annual towel scrum on Saturday. They will play in an intrasquad practice in the pads to better watch each other.
The Hornets travel to Lufkin on Aug. 19 for their scrimmage against another team to see how they stack up against another team before facing several tough teams on their off-district season roster.
“Our out-of-district schedule will impose on us.” says South. “We play two 6As and two big 5As. It will be a challenge, but the first three or four days for us will be dedicated to practice. School starts early, which relieves the headaches of practice and walks. Hopefully we will take advantage of it. We will be intrasquad on Saturday and will go to Lufkin the following Friday. We will continue to give them as much experience as possible. I’m excited about this group and I’m excited for this group of freshmen. The program is in good shape. »