Thursday August 5, 2010
Aiken, SC--By Aiken standards, four wins in a year is all but unacceptable. But that's just the kind of season the Hornets had a year ago. This season, with experience up and down the roster, Carey Johnson's and the crew are looking to return to the top of the heap.
One big piece of the puzzle will be quarterback Brian Vickers. Now a senior, Vickers at times took his lumps a season ago. While they lost the explosive Aubrey Johnson in the backfield, Vicker's time in running the option will go a long way in the team's success.
"That's definitely a big big plus for us, having the quarterback back" said coach Carey Johnson "Especially in the offense we run, we do a lot of option and he really controls the game offensively."
Vickers won't be in this alone, with most of the offensive line back and defense for that matter, the hornets should feel comfortable heading into the campaign. Experience can go a long way at the high school level.
"Last year it was very inexperienced, I think we had three freshmen and two seniors so things are going to help significantly." said quarterback Brian Vickers
"I think that's the key to where you win football games up front" added Johnson "We do have everyone back on the defensive front except one. But you know if we can pull out and win the battle at the line of scrimmage, then we have a chance to win the football game."
With a recent trend of up and down years, this should be an up year for Aiken. If everyone stays healthy, a playoff contender is very realistic.