When Travis Brackett took over the
"They had one, but they got rid of it," Brackett said. "They said it was an eyesore.
"The equipment was ancient."
Now ranked sixth in the Bay Area
A section title would be the Hornets second in five years.
Seven years ago Brackett got some
help from the boosters to install a new weight room. He also developed a good
relationship with the local Pop Warner league and, as he put it, "got people
The Hornets coach also put an emphasis on academics. He established a mandatory study hall after school and demanded that athletes turn in progress reports to coaches so that their grades could be monitored.
This year's team dropped its non-league opener, 21-3 to powerhouse Pleasanton Foothill, but has since won 10 consecutive games. Eight of those victories have been by shut out, including the last six games.
"We've just grown as a team," Brackett said. "It's taken a lot of time and effort."
It all begins with the front four for the Hornets' stellar defense. The unit consists of speed rusher Jon Delmau and teammates Chavo Mendez, Grey Keiser and Andre Shishkin. All are seniors.
That defensive line is the heart of a defense that has yielded just 42 points all season and just seven points during Marin County Athletic League play.
Other Hornet defensive standouts are linebackers Danny Jones and Alex Lieu and free safety Mike Nicolini.
The offense, averaging 39 points per game, is paced by quarterback Travis Senhaux, running back Shuan Campas and wideouts Chris Peters and Nicolini.
Brackett expects a tough game from
Del Norte, a school so far north that it's almost in
Del Norte also is on a 10-game winning streak.
"They're a good, tough team," Brackett said. "They've done a nice job this year, they have some good athletes and they play with a lot of intensity."
No Marin-area team has played at
the Coliseum since Kentfield Marin Catholic defeated