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High School Football Kicks Off Now: Weeki Wachee

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Coming off a 2-win season a year ago, Head Coach Jon Malandrucco and company are hoping for a stronger season in year two with the current staff. Like the Leopards, year one under the new regime saw the Hornets go through rough patches en route to a losing season. Unlike the Leopards, the new coaches were brought in because the team had hit rock bottom with a winless season in 2021. Has the second-year staff had enough time to rebuild the Hornets into a 5-plus win squad? With more time in the system, Coach Malandrucco feels they have taken a step forward offensively and are able to “run more formations” as a result. If the Hornets have made tangible progress on that side of the ball, it will be a far cry from being shut out seven times in 10 games two short years ago.

Team Overview:
Head Coach: Jon Malandrucco
Previous Season Record: 2-8
’21 – ’22 Season Record: 0-10
Stadium: The Hornets Nest

Hornets Schedule:
8/25 Home vs. Crystal River Pirates at 7:30
9/1 Weeki Wachee at Williston Red Devils at 7:30
9/7 Weeki Wachee at Tenoroc Titans at 7:30
9/15 Home vs. Wesley Chapel Wildcats at 7:30
9/29 Weeki Wachee at Nature Coast Tech Sharks at 7:30 (District)
10/6 Home vs. Fivay Falcons at 7:30
10/13 Home vs. Hudson Cobras at 7:30 (District)
10/20 Weeki Wachee at Anclote Sharks at 7:30 (District)
10/27 Home vs. Central Bears at 7:30 (District)
11/3 Weeki Wachee at Hernando Leopards at 7:30

Players to watch for: RB Eryk Marcuccio, ILB Jordon Jandro

Newcomers: QB/DB Richard Hanshaw, TE/LB/WR Mason Brown, OL/DL Ian Barbosa

Game to watch: It’s got to be the Hornets’ home matchup against the Fivay Falcons on October 6th. Having lost last year’s road tilt 14-7 in overtime, the Green and Black have an opportunity to win this one at home this time. The game is a mid-season matchup that also gives Weeki Wachee the chance to build momentum heading into the back half of the schedule.

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Austyn Szempruch
Austyn Szempruch
Austyn Szempruch is a Graduate with Distinction, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. He's written numerous articles reporting on Florida Gators football, basketball, and soccer teams; the sports of rugby, basketball, professional baseball, hockey, and the NFL Draft. Prior to Hernando Sun he was a contributor to ESPN, Gainesville, FL and Gator Country Multimedia, Inc. in Gainesville, FL, and Stadium Gale.
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