Our defensive player of the week is Zavien Bryant for Eustis High School. The 6”1 163lb junior cornerback had 7 tackles with 2 solo and 1 tackle for a loss. He also had a nice pick six touchdown that resulted in a 42-14 win against The Villages Charter School.
(Zavien Bryany #8 after he had just intercepted Villages Quarterback Patrick Harding. Bryant would run into the endzone for a touchdown. Also pictured is Villages Cliff Bridges who was not fast enough to keep up with Bryant.)
Bryant has been great this year. While Eustis has some incredible defensive players including Zsacari Minnis who had 9 tackles 3 solo and 2 TFL along with Nick Chandler who had 12 tackles 4 of which were solo and a host of other players, Bryant has quietly been putting together a nice year.
He has 20 total tackles of which 8 are solo tackles. Playing the cornerback position his 6”1 frame makes him one of the larger cornerbacks in Lake & Sumter County. It’s often tough to find decent cornerbacks in our area but Bryant is one of the best by far.
(One of Bryants many tackles he had on the night. He at The Villages Offense up for dinner literally as the Buffalo had no answers for the defensive firepower on the Eustis side of the ball.)
This kid has 3 interceptions this year totaling nearly 90 yards of total interception yardage. Bryant also does it on special teams and has a punt block this year while also recovering a fumble. Bryant also plays wide receiver and although he is not the top wide out on the team he makes the most of his chances.
Overall Zavien Bryant is just a good overall player who has really been working hard to come into his own this year. As Eustis contends for yet another district championship Bryant will be a key component of the defense for Eustis.
(Bryant #8 who is a junior standing with fellow teammate #18 Jayden Exalien who is a sophomore.)
Each week it seems we are giving praise to a Eustis High defender. Rightfully so! Down below you will see some of our honorable mentions for other defensive stars in our state who had some nice games this past week.
Defensive Player Honorable Mentions:
Eustis – Zsacari Minnis 9 tackles 3 solo 2 TFL 1 PBU
Eustis – Nick Chandler 12 tackles 4 solo
Eustis – Brandon Brooks 11 tackles 4 solo
Eustis – Marri Jackson – 7 tackles 3 solo
South Sumter – Ty Kadur 1 Solo 7 assisted 2 TFL 2 sacks
South Sumter – Jake Mendahl 3 Solo, 7 assisted, 3 TFL, 1 sack
Look for all of these guys to continue having great years. Congratulations to Zavien Bryant! Go Eustis!