By Travis Volz
A resurgent season by the Nashville Hornets put Nashville back on the high school football map, and a host of players have earned accolades for their gridiron performance during the fall.
Headlining the honorees is the architect of the Hornets’ playoff season, head coach Tim Kuhn, who earned the Belleville News-Democrat Coach of the Year Award.
“This award really belongs to the kids,” Kuhn said. “This group of young men did everything we asked for an more, and that’s why we had the success we did.”
Kuhn took over the program prior to the 2012 season, so he’s had a chance to watch this year’s senior class mature.
“This senior group was a big reason why I took the job,” Kuhn said. “They played in a lot of varsity football games, and I think our successes this year are a result of that experience.”
Nashville finished the season with eight wins in 11 games, including the team’s first playoff win since 2010. The Hornets also won at Anna-Jonesboro, always a tough place to play, and beat DuQuoin for the first time in a decade.
Running back Quayd Novak earned some of the highest praise of any player in the area with his selection to the All-State Team. He was also named to the All-South team with teammates Royce Newman and Peyton Renken.
For More, Please Read The January 14 Edition Of The Nashville News.
Nashville head football coach Tim Kuhn, shown here talking to Jaris Dalman during a game last fall, was named the Belleville News-Democrat Coach of the Year.