Making history last year with their first ever state championship, the Bryant Hornets added to that history list Friday at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock in front of a sea of blue. Defeating North Little Rock 27-7 in last year’s title game, the Hornets capped off their undefeated season with a 21-7 victory over the Charging Wildcats Friday in a rematch for back-to-back state championships, finishing 13-0 for their first ever undefeated slate.
“It was a heck of a football game. People who like to see rock em’ sock em’, they got to see it,” Bryant Coach Buck James said. “I talked about John Wayne football last year … nobody knows what John Wayne football is, but I’m telling your right there is the definition of John Wayne football. Our kids played their guts out and it was a heck of a game. Their kids played their guts out. I have a lot of respect for their tailback and their football team and their coaches. They do one heck of a job. To be here four years in a row takes a lot of courage to keep coming back. It’s a great rivalry.”
Bryant junior Austin Ledbetter threw for 199 yards and three touchdowns on 15 of 27 passing to earn MVP honors.
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