Hinton Blackhawk football is entering year three with Kadrian Hardersen as the head coach of the program. The first two years came and went with their own challenges. The 2019 season saw the program post a solid 6-3 record but miss the playoffs for only the third time in the decade. The 2020 season saw challenges due to COVID-19 that many teams had to deal with as well, but none had to deal with it quite like the Blackhawks.
Hinton had two of its regular season games canceled due to COVID preventing the Blackhawks from getting into any rhythm from week to week. That added on with the fact that Hinton had only 11 upperclassmen on the varsity squad explains the Blackhawk record of 1-5 in 2020. Hinton Head Coach, Kadrian Hardersen, says that the uncertainty his team faced week to week kept the Blackhawks from being the team they wanted to be every game.
Fast forward to this year and Coach Hardersen says that the inexperience they dealt with as a team last year has allowed his squad to start the year deeper in the playbook.
Hinton remains young for the 2021 season as the Blackhawks have five seniors on the roster. Coach Hardersen says he has seen the senior class step up and lead his young team in a big way.
The Blackhawks saw mistakes from the freshman class last season that they do not want to replicate this season. That’s why Coach Hardersen’s team is working on some little things this week in practice before their first game.
The Blackhawks open up the season against perennial power Woodbury Central at home at 7:00 PM on Friday.
HINTON FOOTBALL SCHEDULE:
8/27: WOODBURY CENTRAL
9/3: at MMCRU *
9/10: ALTA-AURELIA *
9/17: at Gehlen Catholic *
9/24: at Westwood
10/1: AKRON-WESTFIELD *
10/8: at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn *
10/15: SOUTH O’BRIEN *