Photos by Kevin Nagle
The 2013 Hornet Bowl pitting the eighth grade football teams from Bethel Middle School and Bryant Middle School is this evening with kickoff at around 5:30 p.m. The game will be preceded by the seventh-grade game between the two schools, starting at 4:30. It will be followed by the freshman game between the Hornets and Little Rock Central.
The two teams appear to be pretty evenly matched this season. Bryant White (Bryant Middle School) enters off a 22-12 win at Little Rock Horace Mann, which improved its record to 4-1. Bryant Blue (Bethel Middle School) comes into the Bowl off a 21-14 win over North Little Rock East, which improved its record to 3-2.
East is the lone common opponent between the two teams. Bryant White outlasted the Junior Charging Wildcats 32-28, on Sept. 26.
The Bryant freshman team is trying to stay in contention for a share of the Central Arkansas Junior High Conference championship. The Hornets are 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the league, a game behind co-leaders Conway Blue, Lake Hamilton and North Little Rock, who have yet to play each other.
Last week, the Hornets buried Little Rock Catholic 42-7 in a game head coach Kenny Horn called his team’s best performance of the season.
The seventh grade game is a rematch of an early-season meeting, which Bethel won 16-8.