HUDSON – We all could have predicted that the Hudson football team would have a solid offense this fall. The return of standout QB Zack Wynn all but assured that.
But who knew the Cobras would play such good defense?
"They've surprised me," Hudson coach Mark Nash said after Friday night’s 41-0 win over Sunlake, a game in which the Cobras held the Seahawks to 61 total yards.
As I pointed out in my story from the game, Hudson opponents scored 28 or more points six times a year ago. Thus far in 2009, the Cobras (2-1) have allowed a grand total of 27 points. Sunlake averaged 1.8 yards per play and didn't get a first down until the third quarter. Seven of Sunlake’s 20 rushes went for 0 or less yards.
All of this leads one to ask: Why the improvement this season?
According to Hudson linebacker Eric Bickhardt, it starts with one thing -- heart.
"Last year, we had players but we didn't have it," he said. “This defense has so much heart. We’re a great team.”
When asked to rate the 2008 Hudson defense on a scale of 0 to 10, Bickhardt gave the unit “maybe a 5.” And this year’s group?
“I think we’re an 8 or 9,” he said.
One thing is certain; Friday night’s donut felt good.
“This means everything to us,” Bickhardt said.