COLLINSVILLE, TX - "It will be a little weird going into the different locker room you know, because I'm used to going into the home locker room over there but I know the kids. They're great kids. They've got a great coaching staff but when the game starts it's just another football game" said Bells head football coach Dale West.
For the first time in two years, Dale West will have to enter the visitors locker room at Collinsville when he takes his new team there this Friday.
"We try not to get too caught up in who we're playing as we're playing. We're just focused on playing football and getting better, it's just another game" said Collinsville senior running back Trey Shelby.
The 2-1 pirates are looking to even out their record before district play begins next week and will rely heavily on their defense as their offense is still growing.
"We're definitely going to have to tackle better than we did on Friday night last week. That has been our strong point for the first two games but then we kind of took a step back and we need to get that back under control a little bit" said Collinsville head football coach Garrett Patterson.
"The offense is starting to click a little bit more we just need more experience, more reps. As the season goes on, we'll get better" said Shelby.
On the other side of the ball, Bells just picked up their first win of the season against Howe in overtime and it's given the panthers a boost of energy.
"I think it gives us a sense of hope. We've had hope all along but I think getting that feeling of winning back in our systems is a really good thing. We have a lot of things to shape up before districts and I think this game is going to be perfect to do that" said Bells junior defensive end Hank Weaver.
With new coaches at both of these schools, the players have had to learn new systems which takes time.
"You know, being a new system on both sides of the ball, we just have to continue to work on ourselves. Our non-district opponents haven't really been who we're playing that week, we just have to continue to get better at what we do." said Coach West.
"It's hard but we just have to buy in and listen to everything they say. Just move on and learn new things" said Shelby.
"The kids have adjusted well and you can see the difference from game to game to game so we're just looking forward to continuing that growth" said coach Patterson.