PHELPS, Ky. – The Phelps Hornets will end the season this Friday night against the Rebels of Hurley, Va. at Marty Casey Stadium.
This is it Hornetville, the end of the best football season Phelps has had in several years will come this Friday night.
The Hornets entered this season with mixed hubris about how the season would go. They had a new coach, a new field, and a new attitude. All that was missing was the wins. Phelps ended up with four wins this season breaking one of the longest losing streaks in the state. And those wins were hard fought wins.
Last year the Hornets had some seniors depart without ever having a field of their own to play on. This year, for a few seniors, it was all they could have dreamed of and more. Since the Hornets opted out of District play at the end of last season they will not be playing in any of the post season activities this year. So Friday night will be a night that some never put on a Hornet uniform again.
Head Coach David Jones said, “This week has been tough on our seniors and tough on me as well. We all know this is the last game coming up and I just hope they will be able to take what we have taught them and incorporate it into their daily lives. We aren’t just trying to make them into better players here; we are trying to make them into better men as well. I hope what I have said has made an impression I just wished we would have gotten more time together because I love these kids here.”
The Hornets will play this last game against the No.1 ranked team in Class-A Va., The Hurley Rebels. Hurley has a record of 8-0 and has beaten some good teams this season. The Hornets know it will be a tough game against the unbeaten Rebels but are not scared to take the field.
Coach Jones said, “Our kids have had a tough week at practice, we know it will be a tough game. They are the Number one team for a reason. They are well coached and we know he will have them fired up. I just tell my kids this is the last chance you get this year and for some of them it will be their last chance ever. They better make it count.”
The Hornets defense is the most improved aspect of the team. The defense will be put to the test this Friday and the action will be discontinued until next season.
(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.)