August 22 in Bryant athletic history: 2011

Lightning forces suspension of Hornets scrimmage

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Karon Dismuke (5) cuts behind blocks from teammates Sawyer Nichols (1) and Seth Alkire (64) on the way to a 36-yard run. (Photo by Rick Nation)By Rob Patrick

Photos by Rick Nation and Kevin Nagle

The Bryant Hornets had run seven plays on offense and the Pine Bluff Zebras were about to run their[more] sixth when the pre-season scrimmage between the two teams was interrupted by lightning in the area. When the lightning persisted, in advance as it turned out of a storm that rushed through town, the scrimmage was suspended. It will resume on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., at Bryant Stadium.

Tim Kelly (91) puts the wraps on Pine Bluff running back Jalen Dabner. (Photo by Rick Nation)

The Hornets had produced more with their seven plays than the Zebras had with their five. To start the scrimmage, Pine Bluff went three-and-out, netting just a yard. Bryant tackle Michael Smith and cornerback Dillon Winfrey each got in big hits on the first two plays.

After a punt, the Hornets offense drove 74 yards in its seven plays for a score. An 11-yard pass from Hayden Lessenberry to Sawyer Nichols put the points on the board. Jace Denker added the extra point.

Denker, who kicked off into the end zone for a touchback to start the scrimmage, did the same after the touchdown.

Pine Bluff took over on its 20 and immediately lost a yard when Tim Kelly crashed through to drop running back Jalen Dabner, just as Smith had to start the scrimmage.

Bryant's Jalen Bell breaks a tackle. (Photo by Rick Nation)

Dabner managed to pick up six on the second play but before the Zebras could run a third, a lightning strike in the northeast sky caught the eye of the side judge and the field as well as the stands were cleared.

Bryant’s scoring drive included a 36-yard run by Karon Dismuke and a 10-yard run by Jalen Bell. Bell’s run converted a fourth-and-one at the 21 and set up the scoring play.

Lessenberry completed 4 of 5 passes on the drive to four different receivers. Charles Henson caught a 12-yarder, Winfrey latched onto a 9-yard toss and Hayden Daniel grabbed a swing pass that was stopped for no gain.Hayden Daniel hauls down a pass. (Photo by Rick Nation)

Dillon Winfrey (2) puts the clamps on Pine Bluff's Paris Mack as Hornets Parker Dunn (32) and Marshall Everett (26) pursue. (Photo by Kevin Nagle)

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