On Sept. 7, Hapeville prevented North Springs from its with first win of the season with a 28-6 victory.
“That was just a testament to the program and where we are going,” Hapeville football coach Winston Gordon said. “No matter if it’s [Class] 1A, 2A, 3A or 4A, football is football. We line up with the best of them.”
Then this past Friday, the Hornets sent Greene County to an 0-3 mark with a 26-10 win in Greensboro, bouncing back nicely from their second loss of the season, a 56-14 decision to Eagle’s Landing Christian on Sept. 14.
“Our kids know we are better than the two losses that we had,” Gordon said. “We made a lot of mistakes but I think it will only prepare us for the start of region in October.”
After visiting 1-4 Clarkston this Friday and possibly going above the .500 mark for the first time this season, Hapeville will have a week off then open Region 6-AA play against Wesleyan at home on Oct. 12.
The Hornets are also scheduled to face region opponents Lovett, Westminster and Greater Atlanta Christian, which they fell short to last season.
“It was close until end of the game,” said Gordon of the 33-6 outcome. “I think our kids know that no matter where we go we can play with anybody. We just have to stick with our game plan and do what we do as coaches and make sure we coach them up.”
According to Gordon, the offense functions due to the productivity of running backs Darius Demps (senior) and Joseph Ross (junior), and the defense is effective because of the playmaking abilities of seniors Qadiyr Harrison and Al Grant.
“We got a good group of kids here and those impact players have made a difference, setting the tone for where the program is today,” Gordon said.
And then there is Christopher Lawrence on special teams.
“He’s one of the best in the country to be honest with the timing and the way he gets the ball back there,” Gordon said. “I think he will definitely go somewhere as a result of his long snapping alone.”