BELLS, TX -- After some not-so-successful seasons, the Bells Panthers are ready to turn things around, and they hope new head coach Scott Ponder is the man to help them do just that.
"A fresh start makes it easy for me as the new guy coming in. The kids have bought in, these seniors are hungry, they want to win, they want to be successful. There's not much they won't do for us to win. We're going to find success, hopefully that equates to victories on the field but we're going to get there," Ponder said.
The Panthers have gone 2-28 over the past three seasons and Ponder is coming in as Bells' third head coach since 2012. He doesn't want his playersto dwell on the past.
"We try to instill in the boys that 2-28 doesn't mean anymore than if we went 10-0," he said. "It doesn't guarantee you anything, in the first ball game it's going to be zero-zero, it's a fresh start for everybody. And we certainly don't have a recent rich tradition but we're going to start building one."
The intensity level at Bells is high and with Ponder at the helm, this could be a breakthrough year for the Panthers.
"We've got a good looking team this year, this is the best crew I think I've worked with all through high school," senior receiver and defensive back Noah Straw said.
"I want to make my senior year the best year, and this new coach, coach Ponder is going to help us do that," senior fullback and wide receiver Tristan Coglon added.
The Panthers will kick-off the 2014 season August 29 against Era.