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.
“The guys know how important this game is,” said Hornets owner and coach Doug Frye. “The Colts are 6-0, and we are 3-0. They’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 hadn’t played the Vikings before. We haven’t played this team before, but a lot of their players have played for other teams that we have played in the past.”
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.
“This bruised rib situation really hurt me,” Streater said of his injury. “This 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. I’m going to stretch it, ice it and see where it goes. I’m hoping the game is going to be a big one for us.”
Many of the newest Hornets players, including defensive tackle Robert “Chavis” Floyd, are excited to make their home debuts.
“I’m ready to play,” Floyd said. “It was fun. I haven’t played in about four years. It was fun to get back out there. I can’t wait to play again.”
Although early in the season, Frye said his squad needs to approach the contest on Saturday like a playoff game of sorts.
“This is our first home game,” Frye said. “The energy is there. Every week, we’ve got to prove ourselves. We can’t live off of what we’ve done. Everyone is after us because we are No. 1. That’s the way we’ve got to take it. We’ve got to come at it like it is the last game of the season.”