Football can clinch playoff berth with homecoming victory


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The football team swarmed above expectations so far this season, posting a 5-1 record through its first six games and outscoring opponents 192-104.

The football team clinched its second winning season since 2003 with a victory over Holly Friday, Oct. 4.

The Hornets head into their seventh game with a 5-1 record. The team’s only loss came to a powerful Fenton squad.

In the first six games of the season, the Hornets outscored their opponents 192-104.

The Hornets averaged 32 points per game on offense while allowing 17.3 points per game.

The question on everyone’s mind is how the Hornets buzzed to success this season.

The answer is simple: family.

We have bought into this idea of family and all things are possible once you have a family because you trust everyone. That’s just what you do in a family.

— Braylon Silvas, junior

Coach Kaleb Forr, who took over the Hornets just three years ago, changed the culture around Kearsley football, teaching the Hornets to stick together as a hive.

“It (the idea of family) is just something that everyone has brought into the culture and we are trying to make it work,” Forr said. “It’s been collectively a lot of hard work. Everyone has been doing their job which has been good to see.”

Senior Ethan Livingston, wide receiver, noted changes in the team’s chemistry.

“We have become closer than ever before as a team,” Livingston said. “Having such amazing coaching staff has helped with our success this season.”

Junior Isaiah Stiverson, running back, wants to make this year memorable for himself and his Hornet family.

“We decided we all wanted to change the program so we came together, went to camps, and bonded,” Stiverson said. “We just connected as a family.”

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Junior Braylon Silvas, starting quarterback for the past two seasons, attributes the team’s hot start to the Hornets’ reliance on each other.

“We have bought into this idea of family and all things are possible once you have a family because you trust everyone,” Silvas said. “That’s just what you do in a family.”

The Hornets will take on Linden in a Homecoming thriller Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.

With a chance to earn a sixth victory this season, the Hornets will look to clinch an automatic playoff berth by stinging the Eagles.

The Hornets last postseason appearance came in 1998, a season in which the team posted a 10-1 record.