BRYANT — The honors have yet to stop rolling in for the Bryant Hornets football program after winning its first 7A State Championship in school history last fall.
Earlier this week, Head Coach Buck James was named the Arkansas Activities Association Football Coach of the Year after helping lead the Hornets to an 11-2 finish in 2018, including a 27-7 victory over North Little Rock in the title game.
“It is an honor. I am humbled by it. It just proves again that we had really good players and really good coaches. I am a small piece of this thing. Without the players, coaches and strong parental support, it can’t happen. It is not going to happen without those things,” James said.
In January, James was honored as the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Arkansas Coach of the Year after earning the Farm Bureau Awards 7A/6A Coach of the Year recognition in December.
James said the atmosphere around his organization is still exciting, but that spring ball and the upcoming 2019 season are quickly approaching.
“We have kids that are really anxious and excited about spring football,” he said. “We have some that are nervous. We hold them — and they hold themselves — to high expectations. That is the beauty of this whole thing.”
James is not the only Hornet to be honored for the thrilling season.
Recently, five players earned All-State honors while 29 others took home 7A Central Conference designations.
With the honors followed a plethora of college signings, including three Division I candidates.
Latavion Scott, Kajuan Robinson, Nate Wallace, Ren Hefley, Andrew Hayes, Jabin Gulley, Josh Robinson, Jakob Neel, Austin Trimble, Logan Burton and Blaise Smith all signed to play at the college level.
Bryant will open its 2019 season against Benton Aug. 30 for Salt Bowl 20. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.