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Orange County Hornets Racing Towards Improvement

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Orange County head coach Keita Malloy Orange County head coach Keita Malloy

The Orange County football team only won two games in Keita Malloy's first season as a head coach last year, but there was improvement, after back-to-back one win campaigns.

"Our problem was not personnel," says Malloy.  "We had the talent to play with anybody. We didn't play smart football, and that starts with me."

The Hornets quarterback position is up in the air, with Garrett Johnson not returning for his senior season.

Malloy says, "We have to get everybody ready. We're not in Georgia. We're not in Florida. We're not in California or Texas, where you have 105 people on the roster. You got to play with what you got, and you have to make sure everybody is prepared. That's what we're going to do."

Senior Nick Morgan is one of the players under consideration for the starting QB spot, though there are things he would miss about playing tight end.

"My height gives me an advantage," says Morgan.  "I like going up in the air for catches, making big plays, and also one thing the quarterback isn't allowed to do is run, and physically take people down."

The Hornets have been working on physical play with an increased emphasis on the weight room this summer.

Senior linebacker Kris Hooper says, "The culture of the locker room has changed a lot this year. We're a lot more focused, a lot more disciplined. We're ready for this season."

Malloy says, "Last year we were probably looked at more as a team that teams wanted to play. I think this year that's changed a little bit. I think teams aren't as eager as they were to see us come off the bus last year."

The Orange County senior class has never had a winning record...and they're looking to end their careers on a high note this year.

Hooper says, "We want to get to the playoffs. I think we have a great chance to get to the playoffs this year."

Morgan adds, "Having never been a part of a winning school, ever since I was younger, and this being my last year, I expect big things this year."


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