Returning as the 8-man-Division II state runners-up, the Dighton Hornets opened the 2017 season with a squad of new faces. But it didn’t stop them from rolling in the opener Friday night, routing Quinter, 52-6, on the road.

The game was called after three quarters due to the 45-point mercy rule.

Head coach Ken Simons, entering his seventh season at Dighton, liked his team’s overall performance. but knows his team had first-game mistakes.

“There were signs of us playing really good,” he said. “We just weren't consistent. “We struggled to keep things clear, and we had a bit of sloppy play, but the effort was there and we had excitement on both ends of the ball.”  

After losing their four-year starter at quarterback, Tyler Lingg, newly appointed starting quarterback Blair Hoffman had two rushing touchdowns in his first start. His twin brother, Dalton, also had himself a pair of touchdowns. Although the Hornets lost their long time signal caller, the run game remained successful after returning the majority of their offensive line this season.

The Hornets got started early with a 34-yard touchdown run by Blair Hoffman just six minutes into the game. Then, the defense forced a safety, and Dalton Hoffman scored late in the quarter, making it 14-0. Dalton Hoffman then scored his second rushing touchdown to open the second quarter, and Logan Lingg picked off a pass and returned it 28 yards for a 28-0 lead. Another Dighton rushing touchdown made it 36-0 at the half.

It was Blair Hoffman's rushing touchdown with 1:43 left in the third that ended play.

After graduating a big senior class in 2017, the Hornets are playing with only 10 players.