Things have been tough for the Bells Panthers the past few years. They went 2-28 from 2011 to 2013, but under new coach Scott Ponder they've won triple that total in this season alone.
"The buy-in has been awesome. The kids have worked extremely hard, they've taken a lot of pride in changing the complexion of the program, where we've been, and building new tradition and going in a new direction," said Ponder.
And with their win against Blue Ridge last Friday night, these Panthers secured their first berth in the postseason since 2010.
"It was great, pumped up. Everyone was yelling and screaming, just all really upbeat," said junior wide receiver Ethan Sanford.
The Panthers have no doubt benefited from a drop in classification, but there's been much more to their success than just that.
"The number one factor was our kids, and our kids believing and our kids working hard. Regardless of who you're playing, it comes down to your kids and how they perform. So we certainly don't attribute that you our success, we attribute the kids to our success," said Ponder.
The Panthers Have a 3-0 Record in district, and are tied with Alvord for first. If Bells wins it's last two games, this week against Trenton and next week against Alvord, they'll wrap up their first district title since 1996.
"I think it's a long overdue thing. We're ready to get a district title," said junior quarterback Derrick Ponder.