Cottondale harnessing strengths ahead of 2019 season

COTTONDALE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Cottondale Hornets are getting set for the 2019 season, hoping to build upon a winning season in 2018 but having to do it without ninedeparted seniors.

Cottondale prepares for kickoff classic and next week's regular season opener

Head coach Chris Obert and his staff are working with 24 players on the varsity level, so the numbers aren't ideal. However, the Hornerts have a solid core of returning players at the skill spots and offensive line in particular.

"Yeah for sure, we got some guys back in some key spots," Obert said. "Issac Brincefield was our leading rusher. Caleb Nix started a few games at quarterback. Qui'darius Henderson, Logan Pumphrey, Jordan Galindo are some guys in skill positions that are back. On the front line we have Daniel Malloy, Wesley Sistrunk, Zach Craft, we have three starters back."

Add to that a handful of starters returning on defense and the coach calls and the coach says it's a group of players that seem devoted to the game and each other.

"They're low maintenance, good kids," Obert added. "They come to work and work hard, they've got a good attitude. I can't complain about any of that. I kind of like the buy-in. We're just kind of small, not big in stature, so we've got to make up for it. We've got to try and be tough. And try to be smart as far as, to make up for our lack of size."

The Hornets play at Bozeman Thursday night at 7 in their preseason classic then host Sneads to open the regular season a week later.

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