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2018 Team Previews: Hickory Hornets @HSD_Athletics @CoachBBrest

Written by: on Friday, August 17th, 2018


Head Coach: Bill Brest

Assistant Coaches:
Jordan Fortuna,
Tyler Krivosh,
Jim Cardamon,
Brandon Chambers,
Ed Roberson,
Pat McClearn,
Corey Southard (
Junior High: Dylan Mitchell, Daulton Poole, Chuck Radu)

Team Name: Hickory Hornets

2017 Record: 5-6

Key Starters Lost:
Will Gruber (O/D),
Dominic Clary (O/D)
Nate Marchand, (O/D)
Trevon Devito, Darren Mitchell l (O/D)

Offensive Starters Returning:
SR, QB, Hayden Gallagher 6′ 195,
SR, RB, Simeon McKinley 6’1″ 215,
SR OT Ben Morton, 6’1″ 240
SR OG Skylar Collins 5’10” 240,
SR OG Trevor Lightner, 5’10” 220
SR WR Asher Patton 6’1″ 180,
SR WR Michael Filardi 6’1″ 165

Defensive Starters Returning:
SOPH DE Rocco Iacino, 6’2″ 225
SR DE Ben Moton 6’1″ 240,
SR NG Skylar Collins 5’10” 240,,
SR LB Hayden Gallagher 6′ 195,
JR LB Hunter Stoots 5’10” 195,
SR DB Michael Filardi 6’1″ 165,
SR DB Kyle McDonough 6’2″ 195

Special Team Starters Returning: K/P: Sam Scarton; Senior

Key Newcomers:
6’1″ SOPH QB/WR/DB Michael Henwood,
5’9″ JR RB/DB Braelyn Stewart,
5’10” 205 SR OL/DL Bobby Mort,
6’2″ 190 SOPH WR/DE Dalton Beatty,
5’10” SOPH WR/DB Matt Cannone,
5’9″ 200 SR RB/LB Kuldera Delgros,
5’10” 165 WR/DB Nate Richards,
5’10” 200 OL/DL Cole Myers

Key Stats: Hayden Gallagher returns after throwing for 1,687 yards.

2018 Offensive Outlook: Hickory will be led by three- year starter at quarterback, Hayden Gallagher, coming off a 1,687 yard passing season. Size and speed will be key at the running back and skill positions this year. Hickory returns starting running back Simeon McKinley, 6’1” 210, who is a state champ in the 4×100 as a sophomore and runs a 11.1 sec 100 meters. Hickory also boasts a bevy of fullback/H-backs/tight ends in 5’10” 195 Hunter Stoots, who ran an 11.1 100 meters and returns as a defensive starter, and 5’9” 205 Kuldera Delgros, first game starter returning from an early season injury. This is the first year that Coach Brest will be able to combine size with speed at the receiver position. 6’1” Michael Filardi returns as a three-year starter, 6’1” Asher Patton returns, and 6’2” Kyle McDonough and 6’1” Sophomore Michael Henwood (state qualifier as a freshman in 200 abd 4X100) are expected to have a huge impacts this year, coming off a successful track seasons. Up front, Hickory returns three starters in Ben Morton, Skylar Collins, and Trevor Lightner. Last year starting Freshmen Defensive End Rocco Iacino makes the move from H-back/TE to Offensive Tackle to help boost the athletic offensive line. Cole Myers played extensively and look for newcomers Bobby Mort and 6’2” 300 Matt Mowry to make contributions and challenge for starting positions. Julian Burns and Matt Cannone are also competing for at the receiver spots. Michael Henwood will also see time at Quarterback while Hayden Gallagher will see time at H-Back/TE.

2018 Defensive Outlook: The key will be how quickly this unit develops. With experience returning in the front seven, this will help the Hickory Defense to do a better job of stopping the run than in 2017. Rocco Iacino, Skylar Collins, and Ben Morton return as defensive line starters. At the linebacker position, Hunter Stoots and Hayden Gallagher return as starters, as does Week One starter Kuldera Delgros (injury rest of season). Simeon McKinley also saw much action at the LB position last season. In the secondary, Michael Filardi and Kyle McDonough return as starters; however, Julian Burns, Asher Patton, and Michael Henwood saw extensive action and look for newcomer Braelyn Stewart.

2018 Special Teams Outlook: Special Teams will again be a focus under Coach Brest, who boasts yet another Division One kicker/Punter in Sam Scarton, younger brother of Pitt kicker/holder Jacob Scarton. Sam was invited to the prestigious Jamie Kohl Kicking Academy in Wisconsin in July. Sam will be expected to use his leg to score and help the Hornets establish field position. Must use our team speed on Special Teams.


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