Story written by Kyle Valdez
The Hornets are trying to improve on an impressive 2019 campaign when they finished 8-4 with an appearance in Division 1 quarterfinals. After the LHSAA getting approval to begin the season, the excitement to finally start the season is here.
"It's extremely exciting. With the kids coming out here every day, to get an opportunity to do what they love, prayed for, and worked so hard for this whole offseason is surreal" explained by head coach Lester Ricard. "I was cautiously optimistic, but once you started seeing college football happening and some of the restrictions loosening, we had the feeling we would get an opportunity to play."
After losing much depth to graduation, Scotlandville will rely on many new faces to fill roles. One of the bigger roles will be sophomore Czavain Teasett. At 6-3, 180 pounds, Teasett showed much potential last year splitting time at quarterback; he's picked up offers from Ole Miss and Southern Alabama this offseason.
“I watched him last year as a freshman. Now he’s even bigger and stronger this year; now, it’s about controlling it, being accurate, and being smart with the football. Not to put too much pressure on himself and trusting the guys around him. We’re big and physical upfront and have possibly the two best running backs in the state.”
The two running backs Ricard mentioned were juniors Chance Williams and Marlon Gunn Jr. Williams is listed at 5-10, 180 pounds, and impressed as a sophomore: rushing for 20 touchdowns on 8.0 yards/carry and 1308 yards. The other back is Marlon Gunn Jr. At 6-0, 187 pounds, Gunn rushed for 13 touchdowns and 1087 yards. Williams has attracted offers from Alcorn St. and Southern Alabama, but expect both of their recruiting to grow in the future.
The receiver core of Marlon Thomas and Reginald King (Prarie View A&M commit) to complete the offense is special too. The offensive unit that Scotlandville rolls out should worry opposing defenses. Scotlandville will return one of the better defenses in the state. After giving up 19.3 points/game last season, this side of the ball is as solid.
Led by Michigan St. commit Jah’von Grigsby at DB in the secondary; Bryce Cage, Braelon Hobson, and Jamall Franklin Jr., and Michael Brown (McNeese St. commit) headline a talented group for the Hornet defense.
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