Bells junior quarterback Bryan Ponder was named the Built Ford Tough Player of the Week in Class 2A for Week 7 of the season after setting the state record for touchdown passes in a game.


Ponder was 31-of-41 for 505 yards and 11 touchdown passes, which broke the old mark of 10 held by three players. It surpassed the school record of nine set by his older brother Derrick two years ago.


Four TD tosses to Hunter Hawthorne, three to Trevor Coglon, and one each to Eli Strickland, Wrangler Priest, Colby Meek and Tyler Hawthorne.


For the season Ponder has completed 183 of 249 passes for 2,629 yards and 34 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also also run for two scores.


In addition to football, he plays basketball and track, has a 3.57 GPA and is also a member of FCA and involved at his church.


“Bryan does a great job of executing the game play and distributing the ball to multiple players,” Bells head coach Scott Ponder said. “He’s an extremely accurate passer and a great student of the game. He’s grown up in a football household and someday he’s going to be a head coach.”