Two contenders battle as Bells heads to Whitesboro
WHITESBORO, Texas (KTEN) - With the game tied in overtime at 34, it all came down to one touchdown to send Whitesboro home with a victory over Bells last year.
"Losing in overtime isn't fun. As soon as that clock ended we were looking forward to next year. We have to come out this year with more physicality than them, and we got to start it off better than we did last year," said Bells senior running back Brock Baker.
"We played them good last year, but we've been watching film and there's things that we can change. I think we're going to play them better this year," said Bells senior quarterback Jacob Aaron.
This year will likely be another crazy finish with each team being evenly matched and clear playoff contenders.
"The way to beat a team like this is to win the turnover battle, so if we can do that I feel good about it, but l like I said they're really well coached. They're going to play really hard, and it's going to be a fun night," said Whitesboro head coach Cody Fagan.
"They've got a lot of seniors. I think they have 17 or 18 seniors on their roster, and I think we've got 15 or 16, so very senior led teams by both sides," said Bells head coach Dale West. "It should be a great game. We've got to do some things to neutralize their big time players, and we've got to fundamentally be sound and hopefully we come out on top."
Last week both teams started off the season with big wins. Bells took down Muenster 38-17 while Whitesboro defeated Krum 41-16.
"Their strength is obviously running the ball. They only threw the ball twice last week, but when they threw it they were one for one with 56 yards and a touchdown. They catch you sleeping and take advantage of that," said Fagan. "They are a perfect matchup for us in the fact that their offense is built to keep our offense off the field. They're going to try and eat the clock. Going to make us maximize our offensive possessions, so we're going to have to play really really good defensively."
"It runs through their quarterback on offense. He's a special player, and like I said we got to do everything we can to limit him. It's hard to stop people like that," said West.
"Both teams are reloaded. A bunch of different guys. They're missing some key pieces. We're missing some key pieces. Should be a fun game," said Whitesboro senior quarterback Mac Harper.
Last year they both made a deep run in the playoffs with Bells losing in the third round while Whitesboro made school history with their first regional finals appearance .
"I feel like everybody is in a good state of mind. Everybody has a ton of confidence coming off of last year's season," said Whitesboro senior center Conner Markham. "Even though it didn't end how we wanted it to but comes with experience."
"That's why we play Whitesboro. We know they're going to be a good football team, and it's going to get us ready for the big time games," said West.
KTEN ]Sports will have live pregame and postgame coverage from Whitesboro on Friday night.