Hornets nab Allstate honors
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.
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.
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.