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The Catawba County Hornets kick off the home portion of their season on Saturday against their toughest test yet.
The Hornets face the Carolina Colts in a battle of unbeaten and ranked semi-pro football teams at 8 p.m. at Westside/Jaycee Park.
â€śThe guys know how important this game is,â€ť said Hornets owner and coach Doug Frye. â€śThe Colts are 6-0, and we are 3-0. Theyâ€™ve played three more non-conference games than we have. We know this is our first real challenge. Last week was a challenge because we hadnâ€™t played the Vikings before. We havenâ€™t played this team before, but a lot of their players have played for other teams that we have played in the past.â€ť
The Hornets could be without quarterback Brandon Streater, who injured his ribs during a kickoff last week against the Upstate Vikings.
Streater suffered a chest contusion during the play.
â€śThis bruised rib situation really hurt me,â€ť Streater said of his injury. â€śThis first home game is against the Colts, and they are really talking some trash. I want to get at them, but the doctors say I should be out 2-3 weeks. Iâ€™m going to stretch it, ice it and see where it goes. Iâ€™m hoping the game is going to be a big one for us.â€ť
Many of the newest Hornets players, including defensive tackle Robert â€śChavisâ€ť Floyd, are excited to make their home debuts.
â€śIâ€™m ready to play,â€ť Floyd said. â€śIt was fun. I havenâ€™t played in about four years. It was fun to get back out there. I canâ€™t wait to play again.â€ť
Although early in the season, Frye said his squad needs to approach the contest on Saturday like a playoff game of sorts.
â€śThis is our first home game,â€ť Frye said. â€śThe energy is there. Every week, weâ€™ve got to prove ourselves. We canâ€™t live off of what weâ€™ve done. Everyone is after us because we are No. 1. Thatâ€™s the way weâ€™ve got to take it. Weâ€™ve got to come at it like it is the last game of the season.â€ťView more articles in: