HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – Bill Dungee is seeking to become just the second coach in school history to lead the Hornets to four consecutive winning campaigns in his first four years at the helm. The other was Bill Brest, who led Hickory to seven straight winning seasons between 2010 to 2016.

“Even though we lost some high-end scholarship-level talent over the past two seasons, this team will be the deepest we’ve had during my tenure,” said Coach Dungee. “If we can utilize [our] depth to collectively fill [the void], I think we can have another successful season, compete for the region and district crowns.”

The offense returns starting quarterback Logan Woods, who threw for 2,270 yards and 28 touchdowns while completing 60.7% of his passes (147-242). Number 11 threw for over 200 yards six times a year ago and tossed five touchdowns or more twice. The Hornets graduated two of his favorite targets – Ramarion Whitehead (53 catches, 825 yards, 9 TDs) and Jackson Pryts (37 catches, 631, 9 TDs). However, the Hornets will welcome back Keenan Scullin (35 catches, 607 yards, 5 TDs) and Nash Porada (14 catches, 209 yards, 4 TDs), each hauled in at least four scores a year ago.

Sean Kennedy displayed glimpses of his potential out of the backfield in 2021. Kennedy, a junior, ran for 574 yards and scored eight times on the ground.

“Logan’s our leader off the field and an extension of myself on the field,” said Dungee. “[Ty] Holland, [Sean] Kennedy, [Keenan] Scullin and [Nash] Porada gives us a wealth of weapons returning at the skill positions not to mention several other guys that have been progressing nicely during the off-season. My biggest concern is with only one starter returning on the offensive line (Peyton Lawrence). We have about six guys working to try to fill the other four spots.”

Without the likes of Jackson Pryts (113 tackles), Joey Fazzone (81 tackles, 7 QB sacks), Sammy Mancino (33 tackles) and Ramarion Whitehead (6 INTs), the defense will have a different look in 2022. Junior linebacker Sean Kennedy (99 tackles, 7 TFL) anchors the defense along with Ty Holland (73 tackles), Timmy Krivosh (41 tackles) and Keenan Scullin (33 tackles).

Dungee looks at his linebacker core as a group that is a real strength.

“[Sean] Kennedy, [Ty] Holland, and [DayMar] Trawick will be one of the best linebacker trios in the area this year. Both Holland and Kennedy are now over 200 pounds, and all three have gotten stronger and faster. With more experience, they’ll be the leaders of our defense. In the secondary having four of our five starters back is huge and allows us to do some different things on the backend. Lastly, defensive end Peyton Lawrence has good size and quickness for his position and will provide constant pressure to opposing team’s backfields.”

The Hornets will travel to play Harbor Creek in week one on Friday, August 26.

Hickory Hornets
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Bill Dungee, 4th season (22-9)
2021 Record: 7-4 (3-2), 3rd place in Region 3
Last 5 Years: 29-23 (55.8%)
Home Field: Hornets Stadium
League: District 10, Region 3 (3A)
Base Offense: Spread
Base Defense: 3-3-5

Returning Starters
Offense: 6
Defense: 8

2021 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 30.3 (22nd in Area)
Scoring Defense: 18.0 (15th in Area)
Total Offense: 343.3
Rushing Offense: 121.9
Passing Offense: 221.4
Total Defense: 220.9

2021 Individual Leaders
Passing: Logan Woods – 2270 yards, 60.7% (147-242), 28 TDs
Rushing: Sean Kennedy – 574 yards, 5.2 avg, 8 TDs
Receiving: Ramarion Whitehead – 825 yards, 15.6 avg, 9 TDs
Tackles: Jackson Pryts – 113
Quarterback Sacks: Joey Fazzone – 7
Interceptions: Ramarion Whitehead – 6

2021 Results
Slippery Rock 23 Hornets 17*
Hornets 36 Sharon 20*
Hornets 45 Corry 7
Grove City 20 Hornets 7
Hornets 27 Slippery Rock 23
Hornets 56 Titusville 7
Hornets 55 Mercyhurst Prep 13
Hornets 41 Conneaut 14
Sharon 14 Hornets 7
Hornets 35 Girard 7
Ursuline 50 Hornets 7

District 10 Region 3 Standings
Grove City – 3-1 (10-3)
Slippery Rock – 3-1 (7-2)
Hickory – 3-2 (7-4)
Conneaut – 1-1 (2-3)
Sharon – 1-2 (6-4)
Titusville – 0-3 (3-5)

2022 Schedule
Aug. 26 – at Harbor Creek
Sept. 2 – Franklin
Sept. 9 – at Sharon
Sept. 16 – Wilmington
Sept. 23 – at Farrell
Sept. 30 – Slippery Rock
Oct. 7 – at Grove City
Oct. 14 – Greenville
Oct. 21 – Sharpsville