After winning just two games total in the last two seasons, the Orange County football team is hoping that 2013 is the season when they can turn things around.
New head coach Keita Malloy replaces John Kayajanian, who headed up the Hornets program for the last 18 years. Malloy comes to Orange County from Old Dominion, where he worked as an assistant coach. Malloy is hoping to infuse the Hornets program with new energy.
"I love the game, I've always loved the game, and I'm excited when I get out here and get a chance to be around the kids and help them learn the game," he says.
Malloy is working to change the culture in Orange County, and wants his team to be the better conditioned squad on the field each Friday night.
"He's going to work us til, well probably until we can't walk," said senior lineman Ben Hargett. "That's exactly what we need. We need that tempo."
"After two bad seasons, we're itching to win," adds junior quarterback Garret Johnson. "We're going to fight harder than any other team out there, I can guarantee you that."
Despite the tough years they've had, Malloy thinks this team has the potential to make the playoffs after making the move to the Jefferson District.
"I think we have more talent than most people give us credit for, so I think we're capable of winning some games."
In a place where wins have been rare in the last two years, winning really is everything.
"We want it more than anything, and we will do just about anything there is to win," said Hargett.
Johnson believes his team is focused and ready to turn the program around. "There's nothing worse than losing really, so winning's just everything. That's what we want, it's what we need. We'll do anything to do it."