According to head coach Chad Ashley, the Hornets will have 34 players on varsity and most of them will play offense and defense. Hampton will only meet three teams from the county — Henry County (the oldest school in the area), Eagle’s Landing and Walnut Grove.
“We just play whoever is on the schedule,” Ashley said. “We are just going to play to the best of our ability. We are very much aware of the situation with a new school opening and the other schools in the county and the reputations they have as far as their football programs.
“Obviously, everybody is established but us. It’s our jobs as coaches and the kids’ job as players to try to put Hampton on the map. That is where you start. We respect everybody on our schedule but hopefully the guys don’t fear them.”
Ashley, a Savannah native, built his coaching resume in North Carolina as a head coach at White Oak and a defensive coordinator at New Hanover.
“It really is an honor to be here and start this process,” Ashley said. “For the most part, everything here has been positive. The kids have been great.”
“We are excited to bring coach Ashley back home to Georgia where he will have the opportunity to build a solid and competitive football program from the ground up,” Hampton principal Todd Finn said.
While it’s highly certain the Hornets will not be going undefeated or winning any championships, Ashley said he does expect the team to give a maximum effort.
“My only expectation, and I would say this if we were around 50 years, is to go out there and get better every game and at practice every day,” Ashley said. “I expect us to compete at the highest level and be the best we can be. Those will always be my expectations.”