Hoover (Ala.) was down 21-7 in the fourth quarter Saturday against Miami (Fla.) Central, and most of the people in attendance began to write the game off to the visitors.
While the Rockets would still edge the Bucs in the end, the game’s final score of 24-21 was indicative of the leadership shown by the home team when all seemed lost. Alabama commitment and three-star defensive end Christian Bell was one of the ringleaders of the comeback, helping the defense get off the field on several straight possessions to allow the offense to make its run.
“I never had a doubt in my mind, I work too hard to have doubt in my mind, it just happens,” he said of the effort. “I’m just here to do what my coach tells me to do, I’ll follow whatever he tells me to do.”
Bell was able to get in the backfield against both the pass and the run, with momentum swinging tackles for losses and sacks despite the 100-plus degree temperatures on the field.
“Just playing hard worked for me,” he said. “I was feeding off of my players; I’ll die for my brothers. If I wasn’t close to my teammates, I wouldn’t be able to hit that next gear.”
Now, the senior will really have to help rally the troops, coming off of the programs first loss since 2011. It started the next day with a 2:00 p.m. practice.
“We’re going to grind,” Bell said. “I promise you, there’s not going to be any team in the nation that will work harder than us. I promise you that.”
Scout took isolation video, focusing largely on Bell, which is available below. He is wearing No. 49 in black.
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