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Grandfield looking to stay in driver's seat in C-2 race

In 2012 Grandfield went 4-5 after having won only two games in 2011 and none in 2010. It was the freshmen on that 2012 team and new arrival coach William Dickey that determined losing was no longer an option for the Bearcats.

"They know how it is and they know how hard the work they put in. Now I believe they're not going to want to let anything stop that. And, you know, it's just like I told them, if we don't go any further than what we did last year, I don't think our year will be successful. And they believe the same thing," Dickey said.

Last year, their season came to an end against Cherokee in the Class C Semifinals. This year the Bearcats are 6-0 and continue to grow closer to a Class C District 2 title. On the schedule this week is Corn Bible who sits right behind Grandfield in the district standings. A Grandfield win all but wraps up a district title for the Bearcats, but they're treating it like just another game.

"Every single game is just a game. I'm not really concerned about being district champions or anything. I'm just playing each game one at a time," said senior Jahred Lopez.

"We always talk to them, don't start reading your own paper clippings and start patting yourself on the back or accepting what people are patting you on the back for,” Dickey said. “We’ve still got to go out and do a job every game regardless of who we're playing."

Coach Dickey recognizes the challenge that comes in stopping Corn Bible’s balanced offense led by 6'1 205 pound running back James Vercellotti.

"If a train gets rolling down a track and he gets a lot of speed going, you need to stop it before he gets started. And that's one of the challenges. We have to stop him before he gets started," Dickey said.

However this Bearcats team doesn't seem too worried as they put a defense on the field that has held its opponents to 34 total points all season.

"Our secondary, I think, can handle the passing game that they'll throw at us. Right now we’ve got nine interceptions already," Dickey said.

"Definitely our secondary is going to have to step it up because they're going to pass a lot. But they can run too. They have some fast guys on their team,” Lopez said. “So really, all of our defense has to be ready."

"Corn Bible is a good team. We just have to come out and give it our best and hope for another win," junior Jermaine White added.

Kick-off for Friday’s district match-up is set for 7:30pm in Grandfield.
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