Weeki Wach-ing the postseason

Weeki Wachee is creating history, whether they ultimately end up in the playoffs or not this season. The Hornets are in their fourth year of existence as a football program (10-26 record) with Head Coach Mark Lee having been with the program the entire time, and have never won more than three games in that span.

This year Weeki is sitting at 3-3 with four chances to break that overall mark and set the new standard, but it’s their district record that has everyone buzzing around with anticipation on that campus. The Hornets are in sole possession of third place in 5A-7 with a 2-1 record–a record that already is best in school history. In fact, going into this season the Hornets had won just two district contests all-time with a 2-16 record.

Sitting atop the 5A-7 perch are their neighbors to the east at Nature Coast (6-0,3-0) who defeated Weeki last week. The Sharks host the co-leaders Lecanto (5-1,3-0) this week. Lecanto’s only loss comes to Dunnellon, a Class 4A powerhouse this season. Perhaps the Sharks biggest fans this week will be Weeki Wachee since they travel to Lecanto next week after a tricky contest with Hernando this Friday. If the Hornets handle their business against the Leopards, they have a chance to put themselves into that coveted position for the postseason when they play on the 23rd in Lecanto.

Of course, this is all assuming the Sharks continue to roll along as they have through their district and the rest of the North Suncoast–if Lecanto upsets Nature Coast and Weeki defeats Hernando, then we’ve got a 3-way tiebreaker scenario with two drama-filled weeks left in the season.

Weeki’s been steadied by senior Shawn O’Gorman’s 1,052 all-purpose yardage, but major contributions have been made by junior QB Alec Cromie, who’s thrown for 1,143 yards with eleven touchdowns against just three interceptions. Another junior that’s pulling his weight is RB Montae Bostick with 365 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Bostick’s also factored on the defensive side of things with 8 passes defensed and a fumble recovery.

Speaking of defense, the Hornets are led by senior 5-foot-10, 185-pound RB/SS Donte Young and DL Dean Brooks. Young gets it done on the offensive side having rushed for 196 yards and a touchdown and also had a receiving touchdown. It’s his 65 tackles that leads the team that makes him even more valuable. Brokks (6-3/275) has 58 tackles, a sack, a QB hurry, a fumble recovery and a fumble caused this season.

The Hornets finish their district schedule after hosting Hernando this week with the aforementioned trip to Lecanto, then another away game at Crystal River. They’ll finish their 2015 campaign hosting Springstead.