The Harmony Grove Hornets came into the 2022 high school football season with a young, but talented roster as they look to dig deep for a 3A-6 conference title and to go deep into the 3A State Playoffs. Harmony Grove felt great after dominating the Corning Bobcats 49-14 in the first round of the playoffs. That momentum gained from the big win was something the Hornets would hope to be sufficient enough to defeat the Osceola Seminoles on the road in round two. While the Hornets had the talent, the momentum that the Seminoles gained in the previous seven consecutive wins would push for a big 48-7 win over Harmony Grove on Friday. The Harmony Grove Hornets' 2022 season came to an end after a tough grind in round two for the second consecutive year.
The Hornets knew they were facing an aggressive rushing offense and tenacious rush defense of the Seminoles, but they were surprised to find themselves in a huge deficit in the first half. By halftime, the Hornets were down 34-0 after four offensive touchdowns and a 102-yard interception return for a defensive touchdown. Harmony Grove only accumulated 155 total yards with 132 coming from the passing game.
There were several key players that returned from the 2021 season into this season as sophomores and juniors. They did have key seniors that contributed to the Hornets able to make it to the second round of the playoffs. The following stats for the seniors mentioned have been compiled through the first 11 games and do not have stats from the Osecola loss filled in.
Senior middle linebacker Lane Davis led the team in total tackles accounting for (103) and solo tackles (54). He also accounted for six tackles for loss, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery. On the offensive side of the ball, Davis rushed for 37 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.
Senior outside linebacker Selwyn Martinez accounted for 75 total tackles, 47 solo tackles, five tackles for loss, one interception, and a defensive touchdown. Senior defensive tackle Jaden Walker accounted for 52 total tackles, 26 solo tackles, a team-high eight tackles for loss, a team-high three sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Walker was one of the most consistent run-stoppers and pass rushers at the defensive line this season.
Senior left guard David Mack was the heart and soul of the offensive line of the Hornets this season. He was the most consistent run-blocker and was stout as pass blocker. Senior right guard Kameron Heard was another offensive lineman that was solid in the run game and pass protection throughout the entire season. This 2022 season was the first season that Heard was back on the field since before the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
Wide receiver Gabe Johnson caught 15 receptions for 324 yards and two touchdowns from his young brother in quarterback Caleb Johnson. Last season, he caught 13 receptions for 176 yards and three touchdowns. Senior defensive end Garrett Johnson accounted for 21 total tackles, 13 solo tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack as a reliable rotation player.
Finally, Shamar Patterson played all 11 games for the Hornets as a progressive receiver to help get his receivers open and was a powerful runner when called upon. Patterson rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. He also caught 11 receptions for 133 yards.
These are players that will not be easily replaced as the Harmony Grove Hornets look to regroup and dig deeper for a longer playoff run in 2023.