Hornet Preview-Getting the “Mojo” Back
Halloween came a bit early for the Shenandoah Hornets last week as we took a scary trip to Greensboro, NC to take on ODAC foe Guilford. The Armfield Athletic Center was a house of horrors as absolutely nothing went right for SU in a 45-20 loss to the Quakers. The nation’s leading passer, Hayden Bauserman, was “held” to 290 yards passing and was picked off 4 times on the day. Guilford’s D’Eric Bell rushed for over 220 yards against the Hornet defense, and the day started off with a Quaker “pick-6” and got worse from there.
“Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?”
No matter our occupation in life, we’ve all had those days when absolutely nothing goes right. The copier jams up. You spill coffee all over your desk. The boss yells at you. Saturday was one of those days for the Hornets, so we’ll just chalk it up to that, and try to put things in proper perspective:
Despite the loss, SU still is in total control of it’s own destiny. Beat Hampden-Sydney on the road two weeks from now and then defeat Washington & Lee in the season finale at Shentel, and the Hornets will be crowned ODAC champs and will play in the NCAA tournament. Period.
With those big games looming, Shenandoah steps out-of-conference this weekend with a Saturday home game against Apprentice. The Shipbuilders are struggling at 1-6 on the year, and they’ve been outscored by their 3 ODAC opponents this year 173-42.
In reality, the game means nothing in terms of league championships and postseason play. But I think it’s an very important game for the Hornets, who need to get their “Mojo” back after the loss at Guilford. This week provides a chance to for SU to rebuild it’s confidence and cleanse their collective palate before heading into 2 important games to close out the regular season.
In my weekly conversation with Hornet Head Coach Scott Yoder, he stressed that this weekend’s game is not so much about the opponent but , in his words, “it’s about us and getting back to the things we do best. If we do those things, the result will take care of itself.”
This week is also important in that a victory would assure Shenandoah of having back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since ’03 & ’04, when SU went 8-2 and 7-4 respectively. Yoder told me that stringing winning campaigns together is not only important for the current players, but for recruiting, and the Hornet brand.
I got the feeling Wednesday on campus that the team couldn’t wait to take the field again this week, and I think a “feel good” win is in store for SU on Saturday to the tune of 52-13, as the Hornets get ready for hopefully a November to remember.
That’s it from the Booth! Have a safe and spooky Halloween and