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Horn Lake Football Team Recognized as Memphis Hustle High School Athletes of the Month

February 20, 2019 - NBA G League (G League) - Memphis Hustle News Release

The Horn Lake football team, coached by Brad Boyette, has been named the Memphis Hustle High School Athletes of the Month for the month of February, presented by Campbell Clinic. Last fall, the Eagles went 15-0 on their way to capturing the first football Class 6A State Championship in school history, defeating Oak Grove 31-27 on Friday, Nov. 30 inside Southern Mississippi's M.M. Roberts Stadium.

Horn Lake rode an elite defense to their first-ever title, holding seven opponents to single-digits throughout the year. Oak Grove had scored six more points in the championship than any other Horn Lake opponent had all season. The Eagles also allowed just 339 rushing yards over the course of the entire season, which shakes out to 22.6 rushing yards per game. On the other side of the ball, the Eagles dominated on the ground, rumbling for over 250 yards per game. Seven student-athletes have signed on to play collegiately as of this writing, including LB Nakobe Dean signing with Georgia and QB Raydarious Jones committing to Louisiana State, with more awaiting to make a decision.

While winning a state championship is never an easy feat, it's another to be perfect for the entire season. For Boyette, the secret wasn't in trick plays or special formations, just the makeup of his players. "The key to winning was our attitude. Our guys came to practice every day with a purpose, and were intentional about being the best version of themselves. The guys did a great job of overcoming adversities during the season and staying focused on the weekly task of being 1-0."

After going 2-10 three years ago and losing in the second round of the playoffs last year, the championship may be the start of another dynasty at Horn Lake. Prior to their football title, the women's basketball team won back-to-back 6A championships in 2014 and 2015, and also won one in 2010. Boyette wants to continue that tradition of Horn Lake pride.

"Winning the state championship was for everyone. The team, school. alumni, and community. It is important to our team to represent their home in a positive way. The City of Horn Lake has been extremely supportive to our program, and it's rewarding to make them proud."

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