11 Aug BRYANT: Seniors expected to pay big dividends for Hornets
“We had big wins against Conway and then undefeated and No. 1 ranked Cabot,” Calley said. “Our regular season ended with a win versus Little Rock Central. It was especially memorable for our coaching staff because we got a chance to pay tribute to an Arkansas high school football coaching legend, Bernie Cox, who was coaching his last game for the Tigers. Although we were only in the conference with them for eight years, we were involved in some of the most exciting football games I’ve ever been a part of.”
Justin Rauch (5-11, 280) and Steven Lecamu (5-10, 225) lead a talented group of seniors on the offensive line.
“Rauch is one of the best linemen in the state,” Calley said. “And Lecamu is an explosive run blocker. This season looks to be promising with the number of seniors we hope to put on the field. Our offensive line and defensive front seven have some solid players and should be the strength of our team.
“The skill players on both sides of the ball are relatively young, but they have a lot of potential. In the end, we hope to be playing for a conference championship and make some noise in the playoffs.”
Senior Josh Hampton (6-2, 255) is a dominant presence at defensive tackle.
“Hampton’s our best overall player, and he was dominant in the spring,” Calley said. “Our defense only gave up an average of 13 points per game last year. It will be a tight race as usual in the 7A-Central. There’s no dominant team apparent. North Little Rock is loaded with talent, as well as Conway. Us, along with Russellville and Cabot, should be in the hunt, while Catholic, Central and Van Buren will cause problems later in the season.”
5 Players to Watch:
Josh Hampton (Sr. DL)
Tanner Tolbert (Sr. DB/WR)
Hunter Mayall (Sr. LB)
Dillon Winfrey (Jr. WR)
Sawyer Nichols (Jr. WR)