Rogers’ second-half goal holds up as Hornets’ season ends

FORT SMITH — The Bryant Hornets battled the Rogers Mounties without a score in the first half of their Class 7A State tournament match on Friday.

But the Hornets’ bid to knock off the two seed from the rugged 7A-West Conference took a hit when Willie Hernandez headed in a goal late in the contest.

Bryant was unable to answer as the Mountaineers ended the Hornets’ season with a 1-0 setback in the quarterfinals.

Rogers will advance to play Rogers Heritage in one semifinal while Springdale and Springdale Har-Ber contend for a trip to the finals in the other semi on Saturday.

“We played tough and were organized,” said Bryant first-year head coach Richard Friday. “We just weren’t as technical with the ball as they were.

The lone goal, Friday said, came off a set piece by Rogers.

“I’m proud of the men that are on this team,” he said of his squad. “They had a great year.”

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