By Megan Hecox
The Hackett Little League Hornets Football season can be summed up into one word. Dominate. Both Little League Hornet squads combined for an overall record of 15-1 this season. The 5th and 6th grade team went undefeated and won the West Central Football League Championship while the 3rd and 4th grade went 7-1 falling only to the Mansfield Tigers in their Championship game.
The 3rd and 4th grade Hornets were the definition of speed and skill all season. They cruised through their football schedule with ease going undefeated against some stiff competition. The Hornets played nearly perfect on both sides of the ball. Although they lost their only game in the Championship, the Hornet Coaches know they have something special on their hands.
Hornet 3rd and 4th grade Coach Nick Holbert said “I couldn’t be more proud of this team. We came a long way this year and conquered many of our goals. The Championship was a hard fought game. It could’ve gone either way at any point of the game. In the end, Mansfield was the better team that day and we congratulate them. To me it’s not completely about winning games and trophies, it’s about lifelong lessons. It’s coaching kids about a sport I love, about discipline, working hard, teamwork, family, and that nothing is just handed to you! I thank all of the kids, parents, and other coaches. It was a fun year. We WILL be back next year.”
Hackett 5th and 6th grade team set their eyes on the gold early in the season and never looked back. The Hornets blew through the WCFL leaving opponents and a trail of dust behind them. Hackett’s offense used speed and some sweet moves to juke opponents clean out of their shoes on multiple occasions. Their defense was a true brick wall for any team to face by only allowing 40 points combined for the entire season.
Hackett 5th and 6th grade Coach Chuck Hamilton said “We are very proud of how our boys and our girl played this season. They worked hard every practice and played their hearts out every game. All of their hard work paid off in the end. It’s been a long time since we have won a Little League Football Championship. We are very proud of our team. We are very proud of our community. All of the coaches and parents have been very supportive. Hackett has a great future ahead in the game of football.”
Hackett Little League President Dave Slavens said this about their program “Our Little League football teams far exceeded anything we were expecting this season. These players bought into what their coaches wanted to accomplish. It all paid off with both teams making it into the WCFL Championship. Our 5th and 6th grade team winning the Championship and the 3rd and 4th grade finishing as Runner-Up. Players like Brycen Hamilton, Landen Slavens, Drayden Best, and Hayden Foster will be missed in the league next season. But we believe the younger guys like Matthew Garner, Christopher Elkins, and Dylan Blair are more than capable of picking up where our leaders left off when we get back on the field next season. GO HORNETS!”
The Yellow and Black Hornet Hive is growing and Hackett football has a very bright future ahead of it. With young talent of this kind, full of heart and desire, the Hackett Hornets are eyeing championships from Little League all the way up to a High School State Championship.
By Megan Hecox