Paul Russick Tyler Winters Connor Schmitt

TEAM: Honesdale Hornets

COLORS: Red & Black

COACH: Paul Russick,  2nd Season (2-5)

PIAA: Class 4A

2021 CONFERENCE: LFC Division II

2020 RECORD: 2-5 (1-3 in conference)


STADIUM: Honesdale Stadium






It was a challenging season for coaches like Paul Russick who were in their first year at their program and had to deal with implementing a new system with COVID-19. But he likes where the Hornets are from a mental and physical standpoint and feels they can make great strides in 2021.

Honesdale will ride the running game as two-year starter Connor Schmitt is back for his senior year. He has rushed for over 700 yards in each of the past two seasons including last year’s shortened one. Johnny Kauffman moves from wide receiver to quarterback while C.J. Hinton takes over as the new fullback. Depth will be provided by Aiden Collins and Jackson Morton at quarterback; Max Mickel at running back; and Rocco Fluck and Aaron Phillips at fullback. Kage Southerton and Isaac Carmody are returning starters at wide receiver and will be backed up by Jake Mundy, Tyler Winters, Kole Fries, and Lance Peak. Hinton, Fluck and Phillips will rotate from fullback to the tight end position.

Josh Clark and Bradley Bennett are returning starters at guard. Jack Kelleher and Dallas Gombita will compete at left tackle while Kyle Hanson and Jake Turner are in the mix at right tackle. Caleb Bryant will be the new starting center.

Depth will be key for the Hornets on defense. Kelleher returns at defensive end while Hanson is a returning starter at defensive tackle. Fluck, Gombita, Bennett and Clark will all be in contention for playing time on the defensive line. Schmitt is the returning starter at inside linebacker while Winters and Carmody will play outside. The whole secondary is back with Southerton and Muncy at the corners and Kauffman and Mickels at safety.

Winters was an all-league punter last year and Carmody will handle long snapping. A kicker will be found during camp.

QUOTE FROM COACH RUSSICK: We are a run first team. Connor Schmitt led the team a year ago with 110 yds/game. We will have success based around him along with a few others in the backfield. We have two other running backs (CJ Hinton and Max Mickel) who have seen varsity action in the backfield. We will be breaking in 3 new offensive lineman and a quarterback. It will come down to how quickly we can get our new starters to mature and pick up the offense. We need to continue to tackle. We were young in the secondary last year, but now this will be our veteran group this year. Kyle Hanson and Jack Kelleher return up front. Connor Schmitt will be asked to lead the defense once again this year. Replacing some key players up front and finding a home for all of our returning skill players will be the key up our defense. Our expectations are to COMPETE. We expect to continue to get better each week. We have a very small group of seniors that need to become leaders.

First Team Offensive Line – Josh Clark
First Team Punter – Tyler Winters
Honorable Mention Running Back – Connor Schmitt

2021 Honesdale Roster

#PlayerPositionWeightHeight2021 Grade
1Tyler WintersLB, WR1855'1011
2Kole FriesDB, WR1756'311
3Connor SchmittLB, RB1806'012
4C.J. HintonLB, RB1805'1111
5Max MickelDB, RB1605'1011
6Isaac CarmodyLB, WR1905'1111
7Johnny KauffmanDB, WR1706'011
10Zachary GledhillDB, WR1505'810
10Kage SouthertonDB, WR1655'1011
11Jake MundyLB, RB1755'911
12Aiden CollinsDB, QB1906'29
15Jackson MortonDB, QB1706'111
17Lance PeakDB, WR1605'811
20Kanye DixonDB, WR1506'012
22Jeffrey Delgado SantosLB, RB1805'1111
24Cameron HedgelonDB, WR1555'810
28Ryan GrossDB, WR1505'811
30Bennett FritzDL, TE1805'1111
35Logan DemutiisLB, RB1805'1112
40Pat SalvatorielloLB, RB1605'1012
44Cole ChesnaLB, RB1405'810
46Aaron PhillipsDL, FB2406'111
50Jack KelleherDL, OL2006'012
51Dallas GombitaDL, OL2005'1112
52Caleb BryantLB, OL2255'1110
55Jake TurnerDL, OL2306'412
58Nick MoreauDL, OL2206'012
58Andrew EvanitskyDL, OL2005'1010
60John FitzgeraldDL, OL2305'1112
64Caleb DodsonDL, OL1905'1010
65Breydon SisloDL, OL2255'910
67Guru PatelDL, OL2005'1111
71Bradley BennettDL, OL2706'212
74Joshua ClarkDL, OL2706'412
74Jacob GarveyDL, OL2706'010
77Kyle HansonDL, OL2306'112
78Takoda BirdDL, OL2305'811
79Nick DenoieDL, OL2206'510
80Rocco FluckDL, TE2306'411
88Trey CarnegieLB, WR1606'011