The Numbers

Coach: Bill Griffith, first season

Region: 3A South

Past five seasons: 5-45

Starters back: Five on offense, five on defense

The Breakdown

Griffith brings the one thing the Hornets program needs more than anything -- winning experience. Even though he has coached on the Great Mills staff since 1999, Griffith played wide receiver on Lackey's 1986 state championship team.

"Every coach here expects to win," Griffith said. "We're trying to instill that in these kids."

Griffith plans to run the same offense at Great Mills as his former coach Mike Brown did at Lackey. Junior quarterback Cody Kohn will have two veteran receivers -- seniors Gary Joshway and Matt Leddy, who combined to catch five of the Hornets' eight touchdown passes last season.

"We're going to throw the football," Griffith said. "We're hoping our team speed helps us get past those 300-pounders."

That's because the Hornets do not have much size on their line. Seniors Brian Doster and Will Yeo return at center and guard, respectively, and senior Neal Murray will probably move from tight end to guard.

The wild card up front could be senior A.J. Brothers, who missed last year because of academics but started as a sophomore. At 6 feet, 258 pounds, he could be a force.

The secondary should be the strength of Great Mills' defense, with Joshway, Leddy and senior Santiato Ennis, a track standout, manning the backfield.

The Countdown

Sept. 9

at La Plata, 7

Sept. 16

at McDonough, 7

Sept. 22

Huntingtown, 7

Sept. 30

at Leonardtown, 7

Oct. 7

Lackey, 7

Oct. 14

Patuxent, 7

Oct. 21

at Westlake, 7

Oct. 28

Northern, 7

Nov. 4

at Thomas Stone, 7

Nov. 10

Chopticon, 7

The Rewind

2004 Results

Sept. 3

lost to McDonough, 51-0

Sept. 10

lost at T. Stone, 33-7

Sept. 18

lost at Lackey, 27-6

Sept. 23

lost to Huntingtown, 25-6

Oct. 1

lost to Westlake, 47-8

Oct. 8

defeated Leonardtown, 21-6

Oct. 15

lost to Calvert, 17-14

Oct. 22

lost at Northern, 54-35

Oct. 29

lost at Patuxent, 53-7

Nov. 5

lost at Chopticon, 42-19