WEEKI WACHEE- One Hernando County prep football team really stood out during the 2020 season and that was the Weeki Wachee Hornets.
A club that many didn’t expect to make a jump, was one of the more talented teams in Hernando County this past year. The Hornets won games against Inverness Citrus, Tampa Bay Christian Academy and a stunner over Springstead, but are looking to make more strides over the summer.
Head coach Chris Cook has changed a bit of the outlook on the club heading into the spring, as his group is hungry to build upon the 3-5 record they had in the fall. Weeki Wachee was a run oriented team, which falls back on the philosophy set by Cook when he arrived at the school.
Though the team was more known for its passing attack with Vaughn Sykora a couple seasons ago, Cook changed the offensive attack and opted for a more run heavy offense with multiple backs being leaned upon. Now going into spring practices, the Hornets are continuing to learn Cook’s system. Not having a spring season last year definitely slowed down the progression.
Weeki Wachee capped off the 2020 season with a playoff game against Zephyrhills, and now the Hornets will have their work cut out for them this spring when they play in a home jamboree on May 28th. The Hornets will face off against Manatee County’s Braden River Pirates and Jordan Christian Seahawks.
The Pirates were 4-4 last season and had one of the more potent offenses in the area. Braden River averaged 30.1 points per game and returned running back Lavontae Youmans, who rushed for 1,073 yards last season. The Seahawks on the other hand had themselves a very trying season, in which they went 0-6 and scored just 38 points.
Weeki Wachee has a chance to show the county its improvements against two other programs, but the question is will the Hornets be able to step up to the challenge? This spring season will show where Weeki Wachee is as a program.