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— By PATRIC FLANNIGAN

Sports editor

The Bearden Bears scored a solid win against the Mineral Springs Hornets last week in a game that showed just how much potential its program has. Bears have come in a short amount of time. This week, the Bears will be back at home to host a highly regarded Gurdon Go Devils team.

In a lot of ways, the Bears are where the Go Devils were three years ago.

Young.

Gurdon’s success can be attributed to seniors that saw a lot of time as underclassmen and stuck with the program, a trend that the Bearden Bears are starting to see again after a couple years of coaching changes and low numbers. Bearden Head Coach Greg Anthony shared how much he has seen his team mature from last year to this year and said that the maturity continue after a Week 0 loss. The positive attitudes carried them into the game against Mineral Springs and was put on display in a couple of clutch situations. For one, the Bears stopped the Hornets on the goal line with just over a minute left. Late in the first half, the team campaigned to go for it on a fourth and short and ended up blowing the Hornets off the line for a six yard run.

“I think we grew up some last night,” Anthony said last Saturday regarding the win against Mineral Springs. “In the second quarter we had 30 seconds left and it was fourth down and about a yard, yard and a half but we were on their 20. I call a timeout and tell them guys we’re fixing to punt this thing. The boys kinda got mad and they said, ‘Coach, we can get this.’ I say guys if we don’t get this they got a chance to score. They told me, ‘Coach, don’t worry about it. We’ll get it. We’re going to get it.’ I say, ‘Alright, I’m gonna put my trust in you.’”

The Bears have split the last four meetings against the Go Devils, but the last time Gurdon came to Rogers Field they only won by two points, 10-8. The Go Devils are coached by Kyle Jackson (42-29) and run a Wishbone offense with three seniors in the backfield. One of those seniors is all state running back James Threadgill who rushed for over 1,700 yards last year and can also catch the ball out of the backfield. Quarterback DJ Anna is a three-year starter and will have Royrick Anderson (6’0, 213) and Armando Harper (6’0, 187) to hand the ball off to. The offensive and defensive lines are loaded with experiences as the Go Devils returned 17 starters from last year.

The Go Devils will enter Friday night’s game after losing 43-36 to Prescott in a game where both teams exchanged the lead in the last two minutes.

Kickoff for the game will be at 7 p.m. on Friday night.

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