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ABC 27's Friday Night Overtime Camp Chat: Lafayette Hornets

Posted at 11:57 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 23:57:30-04

MAYO, Fla. (WTXL) — Last year, the Lafayette Hornets were undefeated until mid-October reaching the second round of the playoffs. The Hornets are back in 2020 looking for more.

Let's talk football in Mayo for our Friday Night Overtime Camp Chat.

The Lafayette Hornets have a lot of confidence heading into this season. They may have lost quarterback Jaxson Beach to graduation, but a lot of young guys another year older are ready to pick up the slack.

Mayo has a new head coach in Derek Garland, who's been an assistant for over a decade.

Garland said he expects a two-quarterback system from the Hornets and for guys like Nic'kel Freeman and Monte Gillyard to once again shine on offense.

"I'm very confident in this team," Garland said. "A lot of these guys that are filling in the holes we didn't have to fill in last year are starters already from last year, so I think we'll be completely fine with it. I'm confident this team is going to do good."

They're ready for another deep run.

"I think missing the spring made them a little more hungry," said Garland. "They're excited. They were excited to put helmets on yesterday. They were excited to put shoulder pads on and I think they know what it takes now. They had a little bit of taste last year in the playoffs. They saw how close they were and it's pushed them to work a little bit harder."

The Hornets open up the season on the road at Brookwood in Thomasville on Sept. 4.