The Bryant Junior Hornets 9- and 10-year-old football team improved to 4-0 as it heads into a showdown with the North Pulaski Ducks this Saturday.
The Junior Hornets, coached by Tim Adams and assisted by DJ Miller, Eric Nicholas, Lee Ledbetter and Greg Riggs, are Aiden Adams, Will Hanson, Hart Penfield, Gavin Burton, Braden Robinson, Hayden Purdy, Ryan Riggs, Turner Seelinger, Christian Cain, Hayden Brent, Cameron Scarlett, Austin Ledbetter, Tyler Nicholas, Brayden Godwin, Logan Pritchard, Trey Miller, Bryce Rankin, Kory Shelnut and Zach Feimster.
Two weeks ago, the Hornets moved to 3-0 after they beat Jacksonville White at Bryant Stadium 42-0 as the defense kept up it stellar season by holding Jacksonville to minus-38 yards total offense on only nine offensive plays. As for the offense, it racked up 176 yards and six different players scored in a totally over-matched situation.
When Coach Nicholas was asked what he thought after the game he said, “It’s like the teams we are playing are playing checkers and we are playing chess.”
This past weekend, the Hornets moved to 4-0 after beating Sherwood 44-6 at Mayflower High School. The offense put on a show after the defense gave up only its second first down of the year and first points allowed on the season.
Christian Cain got the scoring started for Bryant after the Sherwood score with a 70-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and, after recovering the onside kick, he went 25 yards for another score. On the day, Cain finished with 116 yards on only six carries with three touchdowns.
Austin Ledbetter added 56 yards on five carries and two touchdowns. He also connected on a 25-yard touchdown pass to Trey Miller.
“The offense was just dominant today,” Coach Greg Riggs said as the team outgained Sherwood 234 yards to 43.
After the game Coach Ledbetter was asked how the rest of the season was looking and he said, “We take it one week at a time and anything can happen, but if there is a better 9-10 year old team in the state I would be very surprised.”
The Junior Hornets get back to work Saturday at 11:30 a.m., at JA Fair High School against the North Pulaski Ducks who just knocked off the only other undefeated team in the Central Arkansas Youth Football League (CAYFL) last weekend.