Spectrum Sports Top 20: No. 7 Bishop Moore

By Despina Barton, Spectrum Sports
Last Updated: Friday, August 11, 2017, 12:22 PM EDT

No. 7-- BISHOP MOORE HORNETS

2016: 11-2, 5A-13 District Champion 

Head Coach: Matt Hedrick, 127-46 record in sixteen seasons

Key Returners: LB Evan Anderson (53 total tkls, 5 tfls), RB/CB Seth Araya, RB Trilion Coles (857 rushing yards, 19 TD’s), FS/RB Jess Hartmann, WR Jake Kiefer, QB Keanu Kong (579 passing yards, 5 TD’s), DE Aidan Mcdonald, OL Eric Seidelman, LB Nick Spitulski, FS/RB Channing Stotts, OLB Bjorn Zimmer (44 tkls, 7 tfls)

The Scoop: The Hornets return a host of young players who gained valuable experience last season on their way to the region finals.  Bishop Moore will rely on third year starting running back Trilion Coles to lead an offense that put up almost 37 points per game. Depth at the skill positions along with a good offensive line will lead Matt Hedrick’s squad towards their second state title in the past three seasons.

Quotable: “I think part of it is not trying to do too much too early. It’s such a long season and you get caught up in going so fast so early and push too hard and realize three months later that everyone is exhausted.”–Matt Hedrick, Bishop Moore Head Coach

2017 Schedule

8/25 vs. Edgewater

9/1 @ Lake Brantley

9/8 @ Archbishop Spalding (MD)

9/15 vs. Poinciana *

9/22 vs. South Sumter

9/29 @ Jones * (On Spectrum Sports)

10/6 @ Melbourne Central Catholic

10/13 @Tavares *

10/27 vs. Eustis *

11/3 vs. Seminole

Bishop Moore welcomes back a slew of guys with experience this fall, spearheaded by a talented bunch of skill players with unfinished business on their mind. After winning the 5A State Championship back in 2015, the unit fell short in the region finals last year against eventual champs American Heritage.

This fall the group is eager to get back to that stage and feels closer than ever.

“This summer we’ve never been as close I believe,” Running back Trilion Coles explained. “We’ve been working out every day together in the weight room, running together and we just have fun together.  I think that’s the big difference.”

“Since we’ve gotten pretty good we have to try to win a state championship and that’s the goal and you have to make that your goal,” Matt Hedrick said of his team’s recent success.

“It’s hard to do in the state of Florida obviously it’s really, really hard. That’s our goal as a team and then we want to try to win our district which is going to be a huge challenge with Jones (HS) as an addition to the district. Our schedule is really tough but my goal really is for these guys to develop and be as good as they can be.  I think if we can do that, eventually, at the end we will have an opportunity to compete.”

Bishop Moore’s game at Jones will be televised live on Spectrum Sports Channel 1147.