MAUMELLE: Hornets vie for playoff berth

Conference: 4-4A
Coach: Mike Buchan
’12 Record: 4-6 (4-3)

The Hornets won just four games in 2012. For- tunately for them, they were the right four games — wins against 4-4A conference foes. Maumelle earned another playoff berth and fell in the first round at Nashville, 55-20.

When the Hornets won, they won big (beating opponents by an average of 30 points), and when they lost, they lost close (see Week 1 loss to Fountain Lake, 18-14, and Week 3 loss to Jacksonville, 12-7).

Senior running back Jessie Hopkins leads the Maumelle backfield, and senior Kendall Donnerson is the Hornets’ top receiver heading into the fall. Four seniors bolster Maumelle’s offensive line: Jacob Priester, Fred Smith, Austin Quimby and Keon Quince.

The Hornets return five starters on defense, including Donnerson, who was named all-confer- ence in 2012 for his performance at defensive end. Hopkins and senior Don Taggart project as starters in the linebacker corps. Senior all-conference safety J.D. Russell anchors the Hornet secondary.

Sept. 6 at Fountain Lake
Sept. 13 North Pulaski
Sept. 20 at Jacksonville
Sept. 27 Mena
Oct. 4 at Waldron
Oct. 11 Dover
Oct. 18 at Subiaco Academy
Oct. 25 Pottsville
Nov. 1 at Dardanelle
Nov. 8 Booneville