Hor­net Swarm

The Saline Courier Weekend - - SPORTS -

Not that Mus­sel­man would have had prob­lems with Sills if the coach had dic­tated Sills be all D without a shot.

Mis­un­der­stand­ing a TV re­porter’s Me­dia Day ques­tion amid the din re­veals Desi Sills’ team ap­proach. Sills was asked how ex­cited he is to start the sea­son which he heard as how ex­cited is he to start?

“To be hon­est I don’t care if I start or not,” Sills replied. “I’m a team guy. I’ve al­ways been a team guy. What­ever Coach says is where they need me I’m go­ing to do. If I start, OK. If I come off the bench, I still have got to what I’ve got to do to help this team win.”

Mus­sel­man knows all that from not only see­ing

Sills’ at­ti­tude and work ethic him­self, but how his team­mates see Sills.

Whether his re­turn­ing team­mates from last sea­son or the re­cruits that Mus­sel­man has added, they like what they see in Desi Sills.

“We had the play­ers all vote on who worked the hard­est,” Mus­sel­man said. “We had three dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories, lead­er­ship, work­ing hard

and who got in off hours and Desi graded out the high­est amongst his peers. That was not any­thing with my­self or the coaches. I had the guys vote on that. So I would say we have to talk about Desi just be­cause of what his team­mates thought about hap­pened in the off­sea­son.”

Sills smiles.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate them and am very thank­ful for them vot­ing me be­cause I put in the time here,” Sills said. “I took the

off­sea­son very per­sonal to el­e­vate my game.”

Sills’ al­ready el­e­vated de­ter­mi­na­tion has been el­e­vated again by tragedy.

“I went back to Jonesboro (dur­ing the Sept. 20-21 week­end to a fu­neral for one of my best guys, Ja’quaun Smith. We called him “Big Money.” He passed away in a car ac­ci­dent. So I’m ded­i­cat­ing this sea­son to Big Money. I’m ded­i­cat­ing the whole sea­son to him.”

RICK NA­TION/SPE­CIAL to The Saline Courier

Bryant ju­nior de­fen­sive line­man Ro­drico Martin, 53, se­nior line­backer Cameron Scar­lett, 43, and sopho­more line­man Zac­cha­eus Jonesker­tis swarm to tackle a Catholic player in a 56-7 trounc­ing of the Rock­ets Fri­day at Hor­net Sta­dium in Bryant. The Hor­nets stayed un­de­feated this year at 5-0 over­all, 2-0 in the 7A Cen­tral Con­fer­ence.

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