BELLS, TX -- When it comes to the 2012 Bells football team happiness was something they were never able to attain. The Panthers went 0-10 last season and just like their win column reflects - they were lacking in numbers.
"We had a lot of kids get banged up. So we had to pull up a bunch of freshman. I had six freshman starting on varsity last year and I've been coaching over 40 years and I've never had more than three in my in my whole 40 years," head coach Randy Hitsman said. "So playing those young kids was really hard."
"It was difficult for them because they came from junior high to playing on varsity. We didn't have very many people out here so it was a choice that we had to do. And hopefully that gave them more experience for this year, so they'll be a lot better this year," senior Panther Weston Russell added.
Change is inevitable for almost all teams following a winless season and the Bells Panthers are no different.
"Well we changed our offense we got into an offense that I think fits our personnel a whole lot better. Also we changed our defense because of the same reason, it fits our personnel we have better. So I think we'll have a little better fit for what were doing with an experienced sophomore class and 12 returning starters," Hitsman said.
The 2013 panthers hope they can accomplish what they were unable to do just seven months ago.
"We always want to win. Our goal this season is to hopefully make playoffs. Hopefully we get some wins and get even more fans back," senior Panther Roberto Mijares said.
"We always want to be at the top of the district. Maybe even make playoffs. But mainly just to get better every single day that we're out here because if you get better we can't even realize how good we can be by the end of the year," Russell concluded.