The Hancock County Hornets’ football team completed their 2023 season last week with a winning record of 6-5. Head coach Bobby Eubanks’ players racked up some impressive statistics during the year.
Leading the offense was quarterback Dylan Morris. The junior connected on 129 of 208 pass attempts for a 62% completion percentage. Morris threw for 1,827 yards, with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Dylan’s best statistical game was a 37-0 win over Ohio County in which he threw for 283 yards and three TDs.
Senior Aiden Weatherholt and sophomore Ross Powers led the Hornet defense statistically as several other players had breakout seasons.
Weatherholt utilized his speed and aggressiveness to led in solo tackles with 42 and total tackles with 157. The linebacker stopped 11 runners behind the line of scrimmage and recorded six sacks.
Powers was also a powerhouse as he tallied 37 solo and 143 total tackles. He had a team best 18 TFLs and recorded two sacks.
Hayden Shearn stepped into a starting role as a defensive back and the junior made an impact. He registered 74 tackles, with nine TFLs and four sacks.
Wyatt Emmick did the same from his defensive end position. The junior made 65 stops, with five TFLs and two sacks.
Sophomores Cooper Jones made 62 stops from the defensive backfield and Jack Roberts made 57 at linebacker. Trevan Coiles, also a sophomore, made 47 tackles from the defensive line and senior Landen Garrison made 37 stops.
Junior lineman Aiden Embry made 36 stops, including six tackles for loss and junior Aiden Thrasher had 29 stops, with two TFLs and two sacks.
Juniors Carson Clark and Luke Pritchard tallied 25 tackles each, sophomore Lawson Ward had 18 plus four TFLs, and Eli Embry made 15 stops, with two TFLs.
Freshman Brady Eubanks had 14 and freshman Christian Yanez made six stops, Jaxson Morris and Chris Gillispie made five each, Jay Mooneyhan four, Graham Shearn two and senior Austin Ramsey made one solo tackle.
Jones, Shearn and Garrison all had two interceptions each. Thrasher and Roberts each picked off one pass.
Weatherholt led all Hornet rushers with 571 yards on 103 carries, with seven TDs.
Aiden exploded onto the scene during a 51-28 game 6 win at Trigg County. The senior asked for the ball and he got it, rushing for 174 yards, with three TDs. Jack Roberts was next in the backfield as he gained 272 yards on 54 carries, with two TDs.
Junior Chris Gillispie ran for 259 yards on 60 carries and scored four TDs. Dylan Morris ran 34 times for 136 yards and six TDs.
Wyatt Emmick was a standout defensively all season, but he had some quality rushing games, as well. The junior gained 93 yards on 15 carries and scored two TDs.
Senior Alex Basham gained 76 yards before being injured in the team’s opening game. Junior Jaxson Morris picked up 31 yards and Landen Garrison ran for 30 yards and two TDs. Pritchard had 19 yards and scored one TD, Thrasher took three goal line carries and scored twice. Shearn ran once for 11 yards and one TD.
Garrison led all receivers with 35 catches for 549 yards and five TDs. Jones had 25 receptions for 338 yards and one TD. The senior speedster also gained big yardage as a returner. Roberts caught 24 balls for 313 yards and two TDs and also made an impact in the return game.
Jaxson Morris made 18 catches for 300 yards and one TD, Yanez had eight receptions for 145 yards and two TDs before being injured. Weatherholt made eight catches for 76 yards, and Pritchard had seven for 60 yards.
Junior Alex Madden had four receptions for 38 yards and one TD, junior Bradyn Morris had four catches for 24 yards, and Eubanks had two receptions for 23 yards.
Pritchard led the team in conversions after touchdown with six. Madden and Thrasher scored three each, Garrison and Roberts had two each, and Weatherholt and Dylan Morris scored one 2-point conversion a piece.
Tyce Boling made good on 2 of 3 PATs and did a solid job kicking off. The freshman recovered his own onside kick during a 40-39 win at Webster County.
The Hornets should be exciting to watch again next season. We say goodbye to seniors Weatherholt, Garrison, Basham and Ramsey.
By Steve Wimmer