Bryant: Hornets look for another impressive season

Bryant impressed in 2010 with the team’s best season since 2004, including a 34-30 double-overtime victory against conference co-champion Conway and the team’s third 7A-Central conference title under coach Paul Calley.

The Hornets (9-3) switch to a Spread offense in 2011, which should fare well for quarterback Hayden Lessenberry (5-10, 185). The junior passed for 1,254 yards and six scores while running for six more last year. “His strength and ability to read defenses will help him be a very good Spread quarterback,” Calley said.

The Hornets also return a strong backfield, including seniors Karon Dismuke (5-9, 180), Jacob Powell (5-10, 165) and sophomore Madre London (6-1, 180). Dismuke, who bench presses more than 325 pounds, averaged 6.9 yards per carry in 2010 and has all-state potential. Powell provides an excellent short-yardage option, while London rushed for more than 1,000 yards in junior high.

Despite its strengths, the biggest challenge for Bryant in 2011 will be filling the holes left behind after graduating 36 seniors. While both lines suffer from depth issues, Calley expects senior leadership and versatility to overcome the team’s inexperience in those areas.