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2013 Football Preview: Roswell Hornets
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
August 27, 2013 02:13 PM | 2603 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray<br>Senior Justin Auer (53) will pilot an experienced offensive line for Hornets.
Staff / Erin Gray
Senior Justin Auer (53) will pilot an experienced offensive line for Hornets.
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Roswell head coach John Ford, entering his first season as the leader of the Hornets’ program, understands the responsibility he has taken. “Our school is tied directly to the community,” said Ford. “I feel like a steward of something bigger than myself. It’s a generational program where fathers and sons have played here.”

Ford will be the third head coach of the Hornets in four years, replacing Justin Sanderson. However, Ford has been with the Roswell program since 2008, most recently serving as the offensive coordinator.

The Hornets would certainly like an improvement on last season’s three-win total and will begin this year’s campaign with two quarterbacks, senior Matt Cory and junior James Whitaker, getting the opportunity to win the starting spot. The skill positions on offense has experienced significant turnover but senior wide receivers Kendall Smith and Colin McCauley will be main targets. Senior offensive lineman Justin Auer will lead the unit up front. “We had a lot of guys last year who were seniors and multiple-year starters,” said Ford. “We’re going to be young but have guys who have played before and have experience on the offensive line.”

The defensive line will return four upperclassmen up front, seniors Davonte Hill and Chris Bryant along with juniors Isaiah Hawkins and Kevin Cumberland. Linebackers Scott Simons and Pat Sheehan will be in the starting lineup along with senior defensive back Josh Selembo.

For special teams, senior Daniel Diroberto will handle punting duties while Chavi Bash has been tabbed as the placekicker.

“Daniel is an outstanding punter with a strong work ethic,” said Ford. “Chavi is one of the hardest kids I’ve ever been around and has turned into a good kicker.”

The Hornets won two of their last three games last season, including an upset victory over playoff team Walton. Roswell hopes that this will give the program momentum heading into 2013. “The young guys are working hard and know the standards and expectations we have as a program,” said Ford. “The players have been preparing accordingly this entire offseason.”
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