Archive - 2012 - Sports Article
It took three more weeks than Saline County has been used to the past several years, but Salt Bowl week is officially here. The Benton Panthers and Bryant Hornets kicked off the week with a Salt Bowl press conference at War Memorial Stadium late Monday afternoon in preparation for Fridayâ€™s Salt Bowl at WMS in Little Rock.
â€śThis one is a little bit different in that itâ€™s not the first game of the year,â€ť Salt Bowl organizer Shane Broadway said. â€śItâ€™s Week 4, but this one counts. This is a conference clash and there is a lot more riding on the line than just county pride.â€ť
Lady Panthers on a roll
The Benton Lady Panthers won their seventh consecutive match and improved to 4-0 in conference with a 3-0 sweep of the Texarkana Lady Razorbacks in Texarkana on Thursday. Benton took the match 25-21, 25-17 and 26-24.
â€śI thought we played well,â€ť Benton Coach Brandy Chumley said. â€śOverall we stayed up. We try not to give them too many points in a row and thatâ€™s our game. We had the lead and we would let them back in.â€ť
The Benton Junior Panthers swept the Bryant Junior Hornets with the ninth graders coming out on top 2-0 (25-18, 25-18) and the eighth graders taking the match 2-0 as well at 25-9 and 25-11. The eighth graders also beat Bethel 25-23 in their second match after being down 8-0 and then beat the Lady Hornets 25-15 in the second set at Bryant Middle School on Thursday.
LITTLE ROCK â€“ Bryant quarterback Hayden Lessenberry orchestrated a 13-play, 85-yard touchdown drive with 1:40 to go in the fourth quarter that sealed a 19-18 comeback victory over Little Rock Catholic on Friday at War Memorial Stadium.
Â For Lessenberry, it was better late than never.
Â In three consecutive offensive possessions in the second half, Lessenberry threw two interceptions and fumbled once, leading to an 18-12 advantage for the Rockets.