Hermon Hawks Football Finds their Identity this Season
By Travis Spell, Staff Writer / 10/15/2019
The 2019 Hermon Hawks varsity team is currently 4-2. After a tough season opener loss to the Hornets of Leavitt in a very hostile environment that had parents and fans screaming all night long the Hawks returned back to Pottle field to prepare for their home opener against Waterville. The team put on an impressive showing in what was an easy victory to go 1-1 on the season, the following week they were back on the road to Rockland to face Oceanside.
Head coach, Kyle Gallant said, “The season started out rough, but we are getting better and better each week.”
The team has a mix of experienced and inexperienced guys on the field and the team is trying to find their identity. Gallant highlighted that some freshman have made big plays but also make freshman mistakes such as not being able to defend the pass very well or making tackles.
When we compared the differences between this year’s team and last year’s team Gallant said, “last year’s team was very experienced and had guys in positions that they have already played in. This year, there are new guys in new spots and others that haven’t played at the varsity level yet are now stepping up to the challenge to try and help out as much as they can.”
The seniors on the team do a good job at giving their time back to the community, and the team is willing to lend a helping hand to each other. On the field the offensive shows spurts of what they are capable of doing but hasn’t been very consistent yet. Along with that, Gallant said, “We take our capability for granted and we don’t play to our fullest potential every game.”
Some goals Gallant had for the team at the beginning of the season were, Win a state championship, be committed to the cause, and play Hermon Hawk football. Things have definitely changed since then, because the goals are now, continue to get better, learn how to be gritty and fight for what you want, learn that not everything is handed to you and to obtain what you want you have to fight. Gallant added, “We have to start with the goals now to make it to the goals we started with.”
The Hawks traveled to Rockland to face Oceanside and barely escaped with a triple overtime win. After that nail biter the Hawks returned home once again to face the Nokomis Warriors in what was a fairly easy home win but the following week was a struggle when Bucksport came into town for homecoming and gave the Hawks some struggle and handed them their second loss of the season.
Coach Gallant preached to the boys all week that they were going to find their identity and finally start playing real football and that is exactly what they did with a very impressive road win against Mademok.
The 4-2 Hawks will travel to the 5-1 Winslow Black Raiders for the battle of 1 and 2 in the conference this Saturday.