BELLS, Texas (KTEN) - Losing in the third round of the playoffs in overtime, not exactly the easiest pill to swallow. Holliday would end Bells 2021 run, but they plan on using that loss to fuel them into this upcoming season.

"It left kind of a bad taste in our mouth, so we're looking forward to getting the season started and closing that gap a little more and see if we're one of the last teams alive in 3A," said head coach Dale West.

"We've made it real deep in the playoffs the past couple years, but don't be surprised if we get a little farther," said senior safety Spencer Hinds. "Not trying to get ahead of myself, but I think we can do it this year. We got the pieces."

The team has some tough opponents right out the gate, and head coach Dale West likes it that way.

"Our schedule from top to bottom is really strong. Our non-district isn't any easier. We open up with Muenster then go straight to Whitesboro. We schedule those guys on purpose. We know we want to play the best so we can be prepared when the season starts," said West.

The team is losing offensive duo in quarterback Blake Rolen and star wide receiver Bo Baker, but the experience is still there.

"Hopefully I'm going to carry the rock a little more. There's some big shoes to fill because my brother he's gone, but I feel like I can step up this year," said senior running back Brock Baker.

"This year I've gotten a little faster over the offseason, so that's going to help a lot stepping in at tailback. I think running behind the line we've got, we're going to do pretty good this year," said Hinds.

The Panthers kick off their season at home vs Muenster on August 26th.