Hornets rush to 21-0 lead on the way to Salt Bowl victory
LITTLE ROCK — With his team’s confidence shaken a little bit by the 21-0 second-half blitz that Little Rock Catholic hit them with last week, which turned a 19-10 lead into a 37-19 loss, and with the high-flying Benton Panthers coming into the game off consecutive wins, Bryant Hornets head coach Paul Calley insisted that his team had to get off to a fast start in the 14th annual Salt Bowl at War Memorial Stadium Friday night.
It could hardly have been faster.
Before the Panthers had snapped the ball on offense, the Hornets had a 14-0 lead. And, four plays into Benton’s first possession, it was suddenly 21-0 with 5:03 still to play in the first quarter.
“I thought we had to do that,” stated Calley. “The way it turned out, it’s a good thing we did. I’m just glad we brought the trophy back home. I’m glad it’s over.”
Though the Panthers got it going offensively, Bryant’s defense forced five turnovers and the Hornets never led by less than that early 14-point advantage on the way to a 42-28 triumph before an announced crowd of 24,100.