Hilldale Football Feature – Presented by York Street Tire

Hilldale Hornets

Coach: DAVID BLEVINS

Schedule:
9-6 – at Claremore Sequoyah

9-13 – at Checotah

9-20 – vs. Oologah

9-27 – vs. Tulsa Central

10-4 – at Broken Bow

10-11 – vs. Sallisaw

10-17 – vs. Muldrow

10-25 – at Fort Gibson

11-1 – at Stilwell

11-8 – vs. Poteau

Quick Hits:

Hilldale has won a playoff game in seven of the last eight years, but has never advanced to a semi-final in school history. 

The Hornets have now won four consecutive games against Ft. Gibson and nine of the last twelve. 

Hilldale has now won ten playoff games in the last eight years. The Hornets won only four other playoff games in school history prior to 2011. 

Last 6 Years:
2018 – 9-3

2017 – 11-1 

2016 – 11-1

2015 – 12-1
2014 – 4-7
2013 – 10-3

OFFENSE

The Hornets begin 2019 with a new leader but with the expectation to continue playing winning football. 

Former Locust Grove offensive coordinator and head coach David Blevins takes the reins at Hilldale and welcomes experience plus multiple position players eager to earn starting spots this fall.  Spirited competition will determine who masterminds the offensive unit at quarterback as Johnnie Durrossette (5-10, 180, Jr.) and Michael Oeser (5-9, 180, So.) battle through summer drills. “They both have their specific strengths,” said Blevins. “Johnnie is more of a throwing threat while Michael is stronger running the football. Time will tell who will be the best fit to lead us.”

The ground game will be running back-by-committee as Brayson Lawson (6-0, 175, So.), Darren Hays (6-0, 185, Jr.) and Ryan Blanchett (5-8, 165, Sr.) are joined by Dylan Walker (6-0, 175, Sr.), who according to Blevins will be a difference-maker in a variety of positions. The Hornets also employ a power game featuring the fullback, where Jaden McWilliams (6-0, 220, Jr.), Sean Looney (5-8, 175, Sr.) and Rylan Nail (6-2, 195, So.) share snaps. The run-pass option-oriented offense will allow playmaking opportunities for the receiver group, including Hunter Parson (6-1, 175, Sr.), Trace Ford (5-11, 170, Jr.) and Cassius Prather (6-3, 175, So.). Experience returns to the offensive line as starting center Devin Brandt (6-4, 275, Sr.) lines up alongside Jay Stroble (6-3, 300, Jr.), Watson Schiller (5-11, 250, Jr.) and Brandon McFarland (6-2, 225, Sr.). Another key figure for point production will come from almost automatic placekicker Peyton Bennett (5-9, 170, Sr.), who’s made 100 PAT conversions the past two years as well as critical field goals. “We’ll go no-huddle and control the speed of the game,” Blevins said. “Our kids are responding well to learning and implementing a new system.”

DEFENSE

“PURSUIT” will be the calling card for the Hilldale defensive group as the Hornets swarm the football in mass effort. Leading the effort at inside linebacker will be VYPE Top 100 selection Jaden McWilliams (6-0, 220, Jr.), who totaled nine tackles for loss among his 48 total stops. Joining the inside linebacker group will be Ryan Blanchet, Bryson Lawson, Rylan Nail and Shawn Livingston (6-2, 185, Sr.). Darren Hays joins Sean Looney and Callen Mitchell (5-10 220, Sr.) at outside linebacker. Blevins has size and strength options at the point of attack, including Devin Brandt, Watson Schiller, Kevin Davis (6-3, 285, Sr.) and Ryan Mattox (6-1, 195, So.) to win the line of scrimmage battles. Whether defending the run or breaking up opponents’ passing efforts, Hilldale will call upon the highlight reel efforts of Dylan Walker Ty O’Neal (6-4, 180, Jr.), Brayden Smith (6-1, 180, So.) and Isom Smith (6-0, 165, So.). “We’ve got a good chance to be a really good football team,” Blevins said. “We have to believe in the process and commit ourselves to be better today and then better tomorrow.”