HS football preview: Williamston Hornets

HS football preview: Williamston Hornets

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HS football preview: Williamston Hornets

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SIZE, EXPERIENCE UP FRONT

Williamston returns three starters from its offensive line. Hornets coach Steve Kersten believes that the size and experience of his blockers is one of the team’s strengths heading into the season.

PLAYMAKERS ALL AROUND

Kersten is very high on his team’s playmaking ability. The Hornets return wide receiver Stone Chase, who Kersten believes will be one of the league’s best players, and running back Hayden Toone. Quarterback and defensive back Chaz Moore also has the ability to make plays all over the field. Williamston also gets a boost with the addition of senior transfer Seth Kerby, a receiver and defensive back from St. Johns.

ATHLETICISM ON DEFENSE

Williamston has four returning starters on a defense that is athletic. However, the Hornets will be breaking in all new starting linebackers. Kersten said it will be key for his new starters in that unit to grow into their roles very quickly.

COACH’S GOALS

Kersten wants to see his offense improve on consistency as they progress through the season.

— James L. Edwards III

SCHEDULE

(last year’s score)

Thu., Aug. 28 …vs. Eastern at Sexton

Fri., Sept. 5 …HOLLY

Fri., Sept. 12 …*at Ionia

Fri., Sept. 19 …*EATON RAPIDS

Fri., Sept. 26 …*at Fowlerville (W 44-0)

Fri., Oct. 3 …*PORTLAND (L 22-43)

Fri., Oct. 10 …*at Lansing Catholic (L 28-29)

Fri., Oct. 17 …at Haslett (W 15-7)

Fri., Oct. 24 …LAKE FENTON (L 15-35)

*Capital Area Activities Conference White game

COACH

STEVE KERSTEN

* Age: 44

* Playing experience: Richland Gull Lake 1984-87, Taylor University (Ind.) 1988-92

* Head coaching experience: Williamston 2001-present

* Career record: 78-50

* Full-time job: Williamston High math and technology teacher

* Assistant coaches: Jeff Lynch, Tim Stiffler, Danny Kangas, Mike Douglas, Brandon Carlson

ROSTER

NO. NAME …POSITION YEAR

1 Christian Zaleski …SB/DB…sr.

2 Hayden Toone …RB/LB…sr.

3 Blair Johnson …WR/DB…jr.

4 Stone Chase …SB/DB…sr.

5 Hunter Grischke …WR/DB…sr.

6 Brady Bastien …SB/DB…sr.

7 Seth Kerby …WR/DB…sr.

8 Jake Westphal …QB/DB…jr.

9 Dan Ostrander …WR/DB…jr.

10 Jared Arnett …SB/LB…jr.

11 Montana Reagan …SB/DB…jr.

12 Jared Fleming …WR/DL…sr.

15 Chaz Moore …QB/DB…sr.

21 Brandyn Perkins …WR/DB…sr.

24 Patrick Dickerson …TE/OLB…jr.

25 Brett Sturgis …TE/LB…jr.

30 Brandon Greene …RB/OLB…sr.

33 Will Kube-Mele …RB/DB…jr.

35 Jacob Christie …RB/OLB…jr.

42 Marshall Farris …TE/OLB…sr.

50 Meshach Thompkins …OL/DL…sr.

55 John McCann …OL/LB…sr.

56 Maverick Thompkins …OL/DL…jr.

59 John Hull …OL/DL…jr.

62 R.J. Page …OL/DL…jr.

65 Garrett Nolan …OL/OLB…sr.

66 Griffin Gaffner …OL/OLB…jr.

68 Robbie Grooms …OL/DL…jr.

69 Ben Fox …OL/DL…sr.

75 Austin Oakley …OL/DL…sr.

76 Maddox Maki …OL/DL…jr.

77 Matt Diamond …OL/DL…jr.

79 Dylan Bergmann …OL/DT…sr.

80 Drew Smith …TE/OLB…jr.

88 Keith Cotter …TE/OLB…sr.

Zack Ryder …OL/DL…jr.

RETURNING STARTERS

(6 on offense, 4 on defense — see lsj.com)

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