Booker T. Washington Hornets Team Breakdown – Pigskin Preview 2018 – Presented by Tulsa Temps

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Booker T. Washington Hornets

Coach: BRAD CALIP

Quick Hits:

Superstar Dax Hill flashed his versatility against Putnam City, catching a 16-yard pass for a score, then on the subsequent possession for the Pirates, Hill took an interception back 43 yards for another TD. 

It’s champion against champion in the season opener when Booker T. faces North Little Rock, AR in Bentonville. The Wildcats are coming off a perfect 13-0 campaign in 2017 and the Class 7A state title. 

Running back Thomas Grayson thrashed Putnam City in the opening round of the playoffs, carrying the football 18 times for 203 yards and three touchdowns.  

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 12-1 

2016 – 6-5

2015 – 11-1

2014 – 10-2 

2013 – 7-4

Thomas Grayson-BTW

OFFENSE

The 2018 version of the Booker T. Washington Hornets are not the same team they were a year ago…they may be better. Head coach Brad Calip has come in and restored Hornet football to its rightful place at the top of the mountain that is Class 6AII. 

Offensively the Hornets return six starters to the field with playmaker JJ Hester (6-4, 180, Jr.) leading the way. Hester is one of the top prospects at wide out and is expected to make a major impact this season. Marcus Potter (5-9, 170, Sr.) is another receiver the Hornets will utilize this season. The pair will give secondary coaches nightmares. Add tight end Gentry Dalton (6-2, 195, Jr.) to the mix and you have a lot to cover on every play. Running back Thomas Grayson (5-10, 185, Sr.) will tote the rock this season and coach Calip expects the running game to be improved from a year ago.

“We should be able to run the ball better than last year,” said Calip. If we can stay healthy and peak as a team in November, BTW will have a chance to play for the gold.” 

The offensive line is key if the Hornets are going to run the ball. Donald Broadnax (6-0, 230, Sr.) and Gavin Chalk (6-2, 250, Sr.) will make a path for Grayson this season. This salty pair will lead a few younger offensive linemen this season. 

Donald Broadnax

DEFENSE

The Hornet defense returns five starters this season including DI prospect and VYPE Top 100 selectee Daxton Hill (6-1, 195, Sr.). Hill, possibly the most highly recruited player in the state this year, returns to the secondary for the Hornets giving them a playmaker on the backside of the defense. Opposing quarterbacks must pick their poison when playing the Hornets. DJ Jones (6-0, 175, Sr.) is another secondary player that can make big plays. Teams will test Jones because of their fear in throwing at Hill, but Jones is crafty and will force mistake and turnovers. A pair of defensive ends will get after the passer this season in Kiero Petross (6-1, 200, Sr.) and Mahcel Johnson (6-2, 195, Sr.). Both guys are quick off the ball and utilize superior technique in getting to the quarterback. 

Some new linebackers will step in this season as Krishawn Brown (6-2, 190, Jr.) and Aryion Welch (5-8, 195, Sr.) look to make names for themselves as two formidable defenders in the middle of the defense. 

“Defensively we will miss our linebacker starters from last year, but our secondary will probably be the best in 6AII,” said Calip. 

Schedule:

8-31 – vs. Bishop Kelley

9-8 – at Horn Lake, LA

9-14 – OPEN

9-21 – vs. Bartlesville

9-28 – at Bixby

10-5 – vs. Shawnee

10-12 – at Sapulpa

10-18 – vs. Muskogee

10-26 – at Ponca City

11-2 – vs. Sand Springs