Hor­nets nab All­state hon­ors

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Josh Briggs [email protected]­ton­courier.com

BRYANT — Aside from a sec­ond straight 7A state foot­ball cham­pi­onship, the awards con­tinue to roll in for the Bryant Hor­nets in 2019.

Re­cently, six of the team’s play­mak­ers were named to the 2019 All-state team.

All re­cip­i­ents this sea­son are first-time hon­orees and in­clude:

de­fen­sive line­man and 7A/6A De­fen­sive Player of the Year Austin Bai­ley, quar­ter­back Austin Led­bet­ter, re­ceiver Jake Mead­ers, de­fen­sive back Dar­rick Rose, line­backer and Arkansas Ra­zor­back signee Ca­trell Wal­lace and of­fen­sive line­man Tan­ner Wil­son.

Bai­ley was the fourth lead­ing Hor­net with 42 tack­les, in­clud­ing 10.5 for loss — go­ing along with nine sacks and a forced fum­ble.

Led­bet­ter put to­gether a record-break­ing sea­son, com­plet­ing 200 of 321 passes for 3,286 yards and 43 touch­downs. He also fin­ished with a quar­ter­back rat­ing of 186.9 for the sea­son.

Mead­ers — who was a fi­nal­ist for 7A/6A Of­fen­sive Player of the Year — led Sa­line County in re­cep­tions with 58, along with yards at

986 and touch­downs with 18. He av­er­aged 17.0 yards per re­cep­tion dur­ing the sea­son.

As a quar­ter­back in mop up duty, Mead­ers com­pleted 23 of 39 at­tempts for 249 yards and a TD.

Rose was a stand­out for the Hor­nets on de­fense, tal­ly­ing 18 tack­les and 11 pass breakups while also pick­ing off five passes, two go­ing for touch­downs.

Wal­lace con­tin­ued his dom­i­nance in 2019 as well, help­ing Bryant with 59 tack­les — four for loss — two sacks and four pass breakups. He also blocked five punts on the sea­son.

Round­ing out the hon­orees is Wil­son who helped the Hor­nets rush for nearly 2,000 yards as a blocker on the of­fen­sive line.

His block­ing also helped the Hor­nets pass for nearly 4,000 yards as well.

All-con­fer­ence hon­ors will be printed at a later date.

GREG Davis/spe­cial to The Sa­line Courier

Bryant ju­nior quar­ter­back Austin Led­bet­ter, 12, gears up to pass in the 7A state cham­pi­onship game ear­lier this month. Led­bet­ter broke school records in help­ing the Hor­nets to their sec­ond straight 7A ti­tle.

GREG Davis/spe­cial to The Sa­line Courier

Bryant se­nior Jake Mead­ers, 8, com­petes in the 7A state cham­pi­onship game early this month. Mead­ers is one of six Hor­nets to earn All-state hon­ors.

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