Friday, June 12, 2009

Bryant Sweeps Showdown

The Bryant Hornets took home their second 7-on-7 Summer Showdown trophy in three years as they won all six games they played at Robinson High School on Thursday, June 11. The Hornets won the inaugural event in 2007.

Bryant defeated England (48-17), Jacksonville (10-9), and Pulaski Academy (21-20) in pool play to grab the number one seed from pool A. They would then blank Robinson in the first round, 23-0. In the semifinals, the Hornets were tied 14-14, and would drive down and score a last second touchdown to defeat the defending Showdown champion, Lakeside Rams, 21-14. The Hornets would have zero problems in the finals as they would score on their first play from scrimmage and intercept the first Pulaski Academy pass to take a 10-0 lead with less than two minutes off the clock. They would extend the lead to 27-0 and cruise to a 34-22 victory.

Other than Bryant, three other teams were impressive at the Showdown.

The Bears were undefeated in pool play and defeated England in the first round of the tournament before dropping the semifinal game to Pulaski Academy. They have a strong-armed quarterback and some nice, athletic targets to pick from at receiver. They also have some speed and size on the defensive side of the football.

Lakeside graduated one of their best classes in history, but they have some young talent ready to fill that void. The Rams’ only loss in pool play was by a touchdown to Sylvan Hills, and their tournament defeat came on a last second touchdown by Bryant.

The War Eagles only victory was against Robinson in pool play, but it was nice to see them involved in summer 7-on-7. They have a lot of potential, and it will be interesting to see if Coach Harris can develop that this summer and translate that into success this fall.


Pool A
Bryant 48, England 17
PA 28, Jacksonville 12
Bryant 10, Jacksonville 9
PA 21, England 8
Jacksonville 18, England 7
Bryant 21, PA 20

Pool B
Lakeside 21, Robinson 0
Sylvan Hills 20, Fair 3
Sylvan Hills 17, Robinson 7
Lakeside 31, Fair 24
Fair 17, Robinson 14
Sylvan Hills 24, Lakeside 17


First Round
Bryant 23, Robinson 0
Lakeside 21, Jacksonville 7
Sylvan Hills 24, England 10
PA 35, Fair 14

Second Round
Bryant 21, Lakeside 14
PA 32, Sylvan Hills 13

Bryant 34, PA 22

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