Posted: Jun 17, 2021
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Huntingdon football, volleyball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer teams have finalized their schedules for the fall.
This week, each team will provide a look at a return to normalcy this fall.
Today’s featured team is football.
The football team is coming off of a 3-1 record and a conference championship in the shortened 2021 spring season. The Hawks were 2-1 in conference play and beat Methodist 31-20 to win a second straight conference title and a fifth USA South title in the past six seasons.
In the fall of 2021, Huntingdon will return to a regular number of games. The 10-game schedule begins at home on Sept. 4 against Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
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Head coach Mike Turk on the expectations for a return to normalcy this fall: “For many reasons, I think everyone is looking forward to playing again in the fall. We accomplished a lot during the spring. By playing and practicing successfully, while dealing with all of the COVID protocols, we proved that we can be flexible and adjust as needed. I think we all learned a lot, that we could do things differently than we had in the past and still accomplish our goals. I do think that everyone is looking forward to getting back to what we are accustomed to though.”
Junior Casey Peppers on the expectations for a return to normalcy this fall: “Normalcy is something that sounds too good to be true from our standpoint after everything we have been though over the course of COVID-19. I look forward to our packed games on the “Chuck”, playing on the insanely hot Saturdays and winning games.”
Turk on how the challenges of the past year helped bring the team closer together: “The guys have had to sacrifice more during the last year than any other group we have ever had, and for the most part, they handled it well. I think the circumstance really did galvanize the team. Literally every decision they made during the season, where they went to eat, how they spent their free time, whether they were following protocols faithfully, all of that affected the team in ways that had never been a consideration in years past. It took a very unselfish and responsible approach from everyone to make it all work.”
Senior Darrell Hixon on how the challenges of the past year helped bring the team closer together: “The challenges of the past year helped bring the team closer as we worked and fought just to have a chance to play.”
Peppers on how the challenges of the past year helped bring the team closer together: “With everything we went through, from having our fall season canceled, COVID testing, body weight workouts for strength and conditioning, social distancing, mask policies, etc, it gave us a very valuable lesson. That lesson was adaptation. Every time we looked we had to adapt or make a change somehow and move forward with it and we were up to the challenge every time. It was inspiring to see how we came together and made everything work so well, regardless of the circumstance that we were dealt.”
Turk on what he learned about himself and his team last season: “I am a very routine-oriented person and there was absolutely nothing routine about last season. It was chaotic at times and very uncomfortable for me. But we kept thinking things through, trying to find a way to accomplish what needed to be done. Even though it may not have been how we had traditionally done it, we figured out some ways to do things more efficiently than we had done them in the past.”
Hixon on what he learned about himself and his team last season: “What I learned is that we are people that will do whatever it takes to be great. Even when there are limitations that affect what we are allowed to do, we all find a way to get the job done.”
Peppers on what he learned about himself and his team last season: “I learned that we are fighters. As a team, we have each other’s back through thick and thin. I learned that our culture is in good hands with guys that are ready to come to work every day and fight for what we want. I’ve grown through this program the last few years now and I’ve seen myself become a leader and it has been an awesome experience. I wouldn’t want it any other way and it’s truly a blessing.”
Turk on the goals for this season: “My goal for this team is the same as it has been for every team that we have had here. I want to do everything we can to make sure we reach our potential as a team. I want us to do everything we can do to be as ready as we can be to play each Saturday.”
Hixon on the goals for this season: “My goals this season are to be a better leader, win conference and go crazy in the playoffs.”
Peppers on the goals for this season: “Our goals are broad. If I were to name some then No. 1 would be to win every day in both the classroom and on our new beautiful turf. I hope to bring a sense of leadership that is unmatched and for my guys to know I will do anything and everything in my power for them.”