Pelham football hadn't had a region title since 2001.
That changed last year in Dondrial Pinkins' 2nd season as head coach.
Now he and his youthful squad feel there's no better time than now for an even greater leap.
Rain forced the Hornets to practice indoors Monday afternoon.
Pelham is coming off it's highest win total since 1989 and the future is looking bright.
After only graduating 10 seniors from a 9-win team, Pelham's timing is perfect to take the next step.
The Hornets also haven't won a playoff game since 2002 (lost in first round last season).
Pinkins has a young core, led by sophomore quarterback Kendrick Patterson.
As a Freshman, the dual-threat QB threw for over 2,500 yards and scored 29 total touchdowns.
"I was shocked how it went last year," said Patterson. "Starting as a freshman, it really was hard at first, but once I started getting into the games I realized I could do it."
He hasn't just gained self-confidence, but his teammates and coaches believe he's the right guy for the job as well.
"We're putting the ball in his hands this year," said Pinkins. "I expect him to be mature, make decisions for us and put us in some great situations this year."
The first test of his sophomore campaign will be against Westover August 18th.
Pelham was originally scheduled to host Albany High before the school closed.
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