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Hornets sting Bruins in benefit

August 29, 2014

Bryant Hornets’ senior running back Kylon Boyle stiff-arms a Pulaski Academy defender in the Hornets’ 49-35 win over the Bruins in a benefit game at War Memorial Satadium in Little Rock on Tuesday night. RICK NATION/ Special to The Saline Courier

After an exciting game of back-and-forth touchdowns between the Pulaski Academy Bruins and Bryant Hornets, Bryant came out on top as the victor, taking down PA 49-35 in a benefit game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. This game was different compared to other football games. The first three quarters were 12 minutes long featuring the varsity teams, and then the fourth quarter was 8 minutes long for the junior varsity teams to face off against each other.

“Overall, taking the positive side, you know we did a lot of good things,” Bryant Head Coach Paul Calley said.

Early in the first quarter, the Hornets put points on the scoreboard to take the lead. After the Hornets kicked off to the Bruins, the Bruins fumbled the ball and Hornet Kyle Lovelace retrieved it. The Hornets’ offense then drove the ball in for a touchdown after a few plays, to make the score 14-0.

“We had some breakdowns mentally that I would have liked to not have seen, but when we had to make plays, we did,” Calley said.

To start the second quarter, the Bruins made their appearance on the scoreboard, making the score 14-7. The Bruin quarterback hit Myles Fells for a touchdown to tie it up, but the Hornet offense responded when Savonte Turner scored a TD to give Bryant the 28-21 lead, which was the score at the half.
During the third quarter, emotions were running high between both teams. The Hornets started the quarter with possession.

“We gave up some good plays because we had mental breakdowns, it wasn’t a physical breakdown it was a mental breakdown so hopefully we’ll get those fixed,” Calley said. With tensions running high towards the end of the third quarter, a Hornet and Bruin had a little altercation causing both teams to receive unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. The varsity teams finished the third quarter with the Hornets in the lead with a score of 42-35.

“I was proud of our group,” Calley said. “I think we can be dominate at times, but you got to take the stupidity out of it. You make a sack and its fourth down and 12 and somebody gets an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty,” Calley said referring to the situation in the third quarter. “You can’t beat good football teams and do stupid stuff like that.”

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