Ganado Hornets attempt to defend record<br>
The Ganado Hornets are the defending Enchantment Region Champions after having posted a perfect 6-0 regional record in the 1999 campaign. The Hornets were victorious in the first round of the state play-offs with a 41-36 over Fountain Hills, but fell to Globe 34-19 in the second round. Ganado finished the season with a 9-2 record. The only team to defeat the Hornets in regular season play was the defending Arizona State 3A Champion and eventual 1999 Runners-up Blue Ridge Yellowjackets.
Coach Russ Semore still has the services of his sons Chris and Jason who will once again be the most dangerous Hornets for the opposition. Chris Semore is a talented senior quarterback and an All State candidate. Jason Semore is a senior linebacker and also an All State possibility.
Ganado will field a veteran team that includes eight senior veterans, most of whom are two-way players. They include tight end/linebacker Cody Mueller, runningback/linebacker Almon Nelson, receiver/defensive back Travis Johnson, center/linebacker Ryan Wauneka, guard/linebacker Sean Nez and nose guard Sterling Cornfield. A pair of juniors also bring varsity experience to the Hornet squad. They are receiver/defensive back Lavon Salabye and guard/defensive tackle Kasey Bluehouse.
The Hornets will be at the 4A Chinle Wildcats for the season opener on September 1 and entertain Holbrook on September 8. The first two Enchantment Region contests will be played at Ganado against Window Rock on September 19 and Tuba City on September 22. A tough non-conference game with the always formidable Blue Ridge Yellowjackets on September 29 in Blue Ridge will follow. Then it will be back to regional play with the Greyhills Academy Knights on October 6 at Ganado.
The key game of the season could be played in Winslow on October 13 when the Hornets meet the Bulldogs of first year coach Matthew Gracey. Winslow finished second in the region last season. The Pinon Eagles will be in Ganado on October 20 for the Hornets last home game. The final regular season game will be against Monument Valley at Kayenta on October 27.