Bell trying to help Junction City to No. 5

Arkansas commit Jamario Bell is trying to keep Junction City's winning streak alive.

Junction City has not lost since the opening week of 2012 and defensive end Jamario Bell is hoping to keep the Dragons' 24-game winning streak going.

Junction City will host Gurdon in the 2A playoffs this weekend after earning a first-round bye. Last year, the Dragons won the state championship, the program's fourth in history, and Bell expects No. 5 this season.

"We have to keep getting better and better week after week after week," Bell said. "We just can't take a day off. If we keep getting better and working as a team and clean up the small things we do, I think we will win it."

Bell (6-foot-6, 235 pounds) is a 2015 prospect and committed to Arkansas in August. As the Razorbacks will try to avoid losing a school-record eighth straight game against Mississippi State on Saturday, Bell said his pledge to Arkansas remains firm.

"The team is going to be good whenever I get there and they're still doing a lot of recruiting, so I think they are working at getting a lot better," he said.

Perhaps his biggest reason for staying committed to Arkansas, aside from the Natural State being his home state, is the Razorbacks' new head coach. Bret Bielema was 37-19 at Wisconsin and led the Badgers to three consecutive Rose Bowl appearances before coming to Arkansas.

"I think he'll have the Hogs doing great by the time I get there," Bell said. "The only thing I can look at is his past and he has a nice track record and that's what I'm focusing on right now.

"His past really shows me that he can get things going at Arkansas."

Bell said his relationship with defensive line coach Charlie Partridge, as well as the other assistants, caused Bell to commit to the Razorbacks.

"Coach Partridge is a great coach and a great guy outside of football," he said. "He's just a guy you can always talk to and we just talk about anything. We talk about a lot of things aside from football and he's a great guy for doing that.

"I like the coaches. Coach Bielema and his staff made me feel right at home. They were really the people that made me feel like I should spend my next four years of college at Arkansas."

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