Article and Photography by CHERYL CLANTON and ALICE MARY HERDEN
The last weeks in May are crucial for all of Hernando County football coaches. These games are vital to see how well their team can perform and combine offense/defense strategies. They are also calculating who can fill the spots of graduating seniors.
Weeki Wachee Hornets
For Weeki Wachee, the Hornets recently have been introduced to new head coach Chris Cook, formerly the Offensive Coordinator from Moore Haven Middle High School.
Coach Cook depends on his 21 years of experience to brand, motivate, and design the Hornets for the 2019-2020 season.
“The first thing I want to do is establish a good positive culture over teaching these young athletes to be productive citizens, in general, good men of character,” Head Football Coach Chris Cook.
The Hornets faced Clearwater’s Christian Calvary Thursday night. Despite a 42-0 loss, Cook gains some answers he needs to build a foundation from the bottom up. Weeki Wachee’s first preseason game is August 23 at South Lake.
Nature Coast Tech
Friday night May 24, 2019 Nature Coast had their Spring Football Scrimmage game against Jenkins High School Eagles. Both Head Coaches, Cory Johns of Nature Coast and Chris Canning for Jenkins stood on the sidelines watching their teams go to work. Both teams came to play and played hard. Nature Coast recovered two fumbles in the first half of the game and helmets flew. Nature Coast took a bite out of the Eagles with the win: 15-8. Nature Coast Shark #1 Fabian Burnett stated it was a great defensive game for the Sharks. “Offense came out slow, but I gave them confidence with my touchdown pass. Dedric Hall played a great game and it felt good playing with Lenkel Smith again,” Burnett said.