PHELPS, Ky. — Have you been holding your breathe? I sure hope not!
The Phelps Hornets have officially released their 2016 football schedule to continue the hype that surrounds the Hornets new football team. The Hornets will get plenty of use out of their brand new field with seven scheduled home games. The Hornets will be playing out of district this year but they have a few familiar faces to face off against.
The difference between this season and last season is that: the Hornets picked up Hannah, W.Va. and Sherman, W.Va. and dropped Pikeville and Hazard. With the route the Hornets are taking with starting the program fresh this could be extremely beneficial.
The Hornets will have two home games before the unofficial kick-off of the season, the Pike County Bowl, with Sheldon Clark and Allen Central. The official home opener will be against Sheldon Clark on Aug, 13. The Cardinals have been on a steep football decline themselves over the past four years. They have went through a number of coaches, they have a new one this season, and they lost their only thousand yard rusher last season to graduation in Brandon Butcher. The Cardinals and the Hornets are on the same path this year which will give us an understanding of just how much the Hornets want this new life in the football world.
In the middle of the season the Hornets will face familiar teams like Montcalm, W.Va. and Twin Valley, Va. Last year the Hornets were beaten pretty bad by both teams, this year will give another insight into just where the Hornets are and how far they have to go.
Jenkins and South Floyd are still on the list, and fans should be happy about that. The 2015 game against Jenkins was the Hornets highest scoring game of the season with 20 points against Jenkin’s 42 points.
The Hornets will conclude the season in regular fashion with a game against the Rebels of Hurley, Va.
Up until this season the Hornets and their fans have had little to brag about. This season they are accepting nothing less than victory. The Hornets have a new attitude and a new athletic complex that has been a half decade in the waiting. Everything is coming together and the season will start abruptly in the second week of August. if you are itching for some football; the Hornets will be starting nearly a month before West Virginia and a few weeks before the other local teams in the district.
(William plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] on on twitter @sidplaster.)