Hanover-Horton High School senior football players from left, Landon Lebel, Wyatt Hill, Gabe French, and Wyatt Dick are players Coach Perry Deliyanne (center) will be counting on this season. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.
By Jeff Steers
(July 30, 2021 11:52 AM) Third-year Hanover-Horton High School football Coach Perry Deliyanne says one of his staffers has a nickname for just about every player on the team.
With names such as Little Willy, Evel Knievel, and Sausage, sometimes the longtime football coach doesn’t know who his assistant coach is talking about.
But nearly everyone at the district opening game between Lumen Christi and the Comets last year called Hanover-Horton and up-and-coming, hard-hitting program.
The Comets hope to continue that success this season.
Hanover-Horton finished 4-3 overall a year ago, 4-2 in the Cascades Conference – good for second place. The Comets have never won a Cascades football title.
Last year the Comets fell to Lumen Christi at home, 36-29, in the opening round of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 7 playoffs
“The coach for Lumen Christi said he didn’t expect that out of Hanover-Horton,” HHHS senior Gabe French said. “He told us we are becoming a team to beat.”
The Comets hope that comes true with a stout offensive line and some “parts” to the puzzle.
“We have some pretty good parts,” Coach Deliyanne said. “The question is whether we can mold them into a team.”
French was a Detroit Free Press special mention all-state player at defensive back for the Comets in 2020.
Other key players include Aiden Weir (RB/CB), Drew Fedore (C/DT), Wyatt Dick (T/DT), Landon Lebel (T/DT), Max Lowry (T/DT), Gavin Gumper (QB/S), and Wyatt Hill (RB/LB).
Some of the players who gained experience last year and will be key for the Comets in 2021 include Troy Densmore (RB/LB), Trevor Reynolds (TE/DE), Seth Dailey (TE/CB), Ty Walker (TE/LB), and Madden Hall (G/T).
Some newcomers to the team include Janson Silveus (G/LB), Blaise Uphaus (TE/LB), Josh Frailey (RB/LB), Tristan Johnson (QB/DB), Nathan Smith (TE/DE), and Craig Foote (TE/LB).
Deliyanne expects Addison and Michigan Center to be the teams to beat in the Cascades Conference this season.
School football schedule 2021
Aug. 26 Morenci at Hanover-Horton 7 p.m.
Sept. 2 Michigan Center at Hanover-Horton 7 p.m.
Sept. 10 Addison at Hanover-Horton 7 p.m.
Sept. 17 Hanover-Horton at Grass Lake 7 p.m.
Sept. 24 Napoleon at Hanover-Horton 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 Hanover-Horton at East Jackson 7 p.m.
Oct. 8 Hanover-Horton at Manchester 7 p.m.
Oct. 15 Jonesville at Hanover-Horton 7 p.m.
Oct. 22 Cascades/Big 8 at Hanover-Horton 7 p.m.
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