2014 Season Is One to Remember
In future years, fans of Roswell Hornet football may very well look back on the 2014 season as the turning point for putting our program back on track. Thanks in large part to Head Coach John Ford, his dedicated coaching staff, and outstanding senior leadership, Friday night lights became a must see event once again.
The season started off on the right note in preseason with a convincing 42-14 win at Johns Creek. The following week, we loaded the buses with players and fans to head south and take on Lowndes County. Despite a strong defensive effort, Lowndes came away with the win, but our boys refused to let the loss define their season and returned home eager for their first regular season victory.
They wouldn't have to wait long, as they defeated the Centennial Knights 42-10 in the annual Mayors Cup game at the Hornet's Nest. In addition to the game, highlights also included a Roswell Youth parade and a skydiving demonstration by the Army's Silver Knights.
The team continued their winning ways at Walton the next week, defeating the Raiders 27-15 for their first region 5-6A victory.
Next up for the Hornets was a trip to Milton to face the the 5th ranked Eagles in a key region game. After three straight losses to their rival, the Hornets ended the drought in dramatic fashion with a thrilling come from behind 33-31 victory. It would prove to be the only regular season loss for Milton.
The boys seemed to suffer a temporary hangover from their win at Milton as they were upset by the Wheeler Wildcats 28-13 at the Hornets Nest in our annual pink out game.
Once again though, the team refused to give in to adversity, and proved they were one of the region's best by winning three straight over Pope, Woodstock, and Cherokee. The three region victories assured Roswell a spot in the 6A playoffs for the first time since 2010.
The Hornets split their remaining regular season games, falling 28-18 at Etowah on a cold and rainy Halloween night, followed by a 42-27 victory over Lassiter on senior night at the Hornet's Nest. With the victory, the team finished the regular season at 7-3 and entered the playoffs as the third seed from region 5-6A.
Roswell’s first playoff game since 2010 was a triumphant one as the Hornets defeated the Lambert Longhorns 36-13. Unfortunately, the momentum didn't carry over to round 2, as the Hornets lost a close contest to Hillgrove 38-28, ending their season with an 8-4 record.
The Hornet's successful season was due to hard work, a never quit attitude, and outstanding individual performances throughout the season. As a result, several Hornets were selected for postseason honors:
All State 6A
Georgia Sportswriter's Association All-State 6A
- Sheldon Evans - Offense RB, Sophomore (2nd Team)
- Tre' Lamar - Defense LB, Junior (Honorable Mention)
All North Fulton County 6A
1st Team Offense
1st Team defense
2nd Team Offense
2nd Team Defense
Senior Chamber Bowl - December 20th 2014
Elite Junior Classic - December 29th, 2014
Chick-fil-A Rising Senior All Star Game - December 30th, 2014
Congratulations 2014 Hornets on a fantastic season!