BRYANT: Hornets reloading in pursuit of conference title

Conference: 7A/6A Central
Coach: Paul Calley
’14 Record: 9-2-1 (6-1)

The Bryant Hornets were one win away from the 7A/6A Central title in 2014 and beat Har-Ber in the first round of the 7A playoffs before falling to eventual 7A champ Bentonville in the second round.  Senior Gunnar Burks takes over at quarterback this fall. Burks is a member of this year’s 501 Football Team.

Senior quarterback and 501 Football Team honoree Gunnar Burks. (Todd Owens photo)

“Gunnar made significant contributions at quarterback last season and we expect him to be the catalyst for our offense in 2015,” Coach Paul Calley said. “He saw a lot of action early, scoring twice in Week 2 against Little Rock McClellan before severely spraining an ankle that plagued him for another month. He was one of our emotional leaders and gave us confidence at quarterback.”

Senior Savonte Turner returns at running back after logging more than 100 carries in 2014. Seniors Aaron Orender, Quinton Royal and Evan Lee lead a talented group of receivers. Chase Fox will start at tight end.  Seniors Brycen Waddle, Cole Fritschen, Sedric Sullivan, Daniel Coppock, Noah Love, Cole Chapman and Zack Knapp provide depth on the offensive line.

(Todd Owens photo)

The Hornets will be filling several holes on the defensive side of the ball. Senior Cameron Murray returns on the defensive line at tackle alongside classmates Mario Waits, Walker Brown, Austin Blacklaw and Dany Murillo. Seniors Devon Alpe and Devin Howard and junior Marvin Moody will lead a deep linebacker corps. Senior Jaelyn Jones and junior Phillip Isom-Green man the safety spots, and senior Pierce Finney and junior Devon Davis lock down the corners.