Hornet-Hobart Recap & Bye Week
Greetings from The Booth!
Well, Florence is now headed back out to sea as our Northern Shenandoah Valley seems none the worse for wear. The same cannot be said for our neighbors in the Carolinas, as the recovery from the devastating floods will take weeks, maybe months. It’s surreal that just a few weeks ago we travelled south on I-95 to Fayetteville, NC, to begin the Shenandoah University football season, and now that very same area, not to mention parts of 95 are impassable due to the high water. It goes without saying that if you can make a contribution to those folks, please do.
A quick mention of our DC sports teams. The Nationals are ready to play the final 10 games of their season, and there will be no incredible, miracle run for the Nationals, who may be the most underachieving team in Major League Baseball this year. But in the final games you can enjoy the young, exciting future of the team: Soto, Robles, Turner, and Eaton.
And, who are the 2018 Redskins? Are they the team that spanked Arizona out in the desert to open the season, or are they the lethargic bunch that laid an egg last weekend at Fed-Ex field. It may be too early to tell, but it certainly looked like the “same ol’ same ol'” against the Colts. With Aaron Rodgers and the Packers looming, the seat may be getting hotter for Jay Gruden.
ON to SU Football. Defense was optional last Saturday at Shentel Stadium when the Hobart Statesmen came to town from Geneva, NY. The game was a back-and-forth scorefest before Hobart scored twice in the final quarter to win 56-48. On-air, we compared the game to a heavyweight fight, with haymakers traded all night until the Statesmen delivered the knockout blow.
In the loss SU quarterback had an amazing game, with a school-record 46 completions, 471 yards passing, and 6 TD passes. A performance that should get you a win, which I think was a hard pill to swallow for Coach Yoder. By nature, he is a defensive-minded coach, and had to be disappointed that his team gave up 501 yards and 56 points to his alma mater.
It’s a puzzling thing. The whole of the Hornets’ defense doesn’t seem to be as good as it’s individual parts. Linebacker Tyler Williams is having a great year, leading the team in total tackles and solo tackles, and Daquan Pridget was the ODAC Defensive Player of the Week with 3 interceptions in week one.
In the high-powered Old Dominion Athletic Conference, a team doesn’t need the ’85 Bears defense, but to be successful, you have to play defense when it matters. Last Saturday, with a 48-42 lead, the SU defense couldn’t make the stops it needed to make. To be fair, the Hornet “D” did get the ball back for Bauserman and the offense for one last shot, but with just a minute left, it was too little, too late.
The upside to all this is that I’m not sure there’s a team in the ODAC that compares to Hobart. I may be wrong, but doing the visual, the Statesmen had that certain “look.” The look of a playoff-type team. We shall see.
In any case, the Hornets have an extra week to prepare for their league opener against Ferrum, and should have a somewhat easier time with the Panthers. We’ll save that for next week. Enjoy the bye week, and we’ll shout at you from the Booth next week and get you ready for the game.
Until then…GO HORNETS!