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Hornets' defense mulls Indians' explosive option

Hornets' defense mulls Indians' explosive option

August 26th, 2011 in News

Fulton sophomore defensive back Chris Tilson (3) and an unidentified teammate wrap up a Versailles player in last week's jamboree scrimmages at Blair Oaks in Wardsville. The Hornets start the 2011 season at School of the Osage at 7 tonight.

Photo by Stephen Brooks

Fulton Hornets head football coach Pat Kelley saw two big things out of his defense in last week's jamboree scrimmages at Blair Oaks.

Kelley saw a young group; one eager to run, hit and do anything necessary to stop a big play. He also saw one that's going to take time to gel and truly play up to their capabilities.

"They're young, obviously they're young, but they're aggressive," Kelley said Wednesday afternoon. "I think they were shell shocked a bit (at the jamboree) with how fast things moved, but they ran downhill."

And that was only 24 plays. It'll be that fast for Fulton's defense - sporting eight new starters - for four quarters in tonight's season opener on the road against the School of the Osage Indians. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Much of the Hornets defense that gave up 273 rushing yards in a 47-0 loss to this same Osage team to open the 2010 season is gone. However, the core of the Indians' offense that put up those statistics is back in 2011.