Bell Looks to Continue Winning

Junction City defensive end JaMario Bell has come off the field a winner the last 27 times he has stepped on the gridiron. The Dragons begin their season Sept. 5 against Earle.

Jamario Bell hasn’t lost a football game in a long time.

To be more specific, the Junction City standout hasn’t lost since the Dragons fell to Earle 14-7 on Aug. 31, 2012.

While Bell, a four-star defensive end committed to Arkansas, has won the last 27 games he has played in, the memory of losing lingers in his mind.

“I haven’t forgotten (what it feels like),” Bell said. “It’s a feeling you can’t forget.”

When Junction City hosts Smackover Sept. 5, Bell said he’ll be more than ready to get the season started.

“I think I’m ready,” Bell said. “I’ve been working hard summer, both in the weight room and at 7-on-7 with the team.”

As a junior, Bell played tight end, catching 23 passes for 346 yards and eight touchdowns, and defensive end for Junction City. The Dragons’ defense held their opponents to only 9.9 points and 178 yards per game.

This year, Bell said his role will be pretty similar, as he expects to play on both sides of the ball again.

“I just want to go out and help my team as much as I can,” Bell said. “Also, every time I practice and am in the weight room (I tell myself that) I’m getting ready for Fayetteville.”

Bell has also been staying in touch with the state’s two biggest undecided recruits: four-star tight end Will Gragg from Dumas and four-star wide receiver K.J. Hill from North Little Rock.

Hill will announce his decision Friday at 10 a.m., and Gragg will likely follow soon after. Gragg has made it known on twitter that the pair are a “package deal.”

“I just tell them it would be special if all of us go to Arkansas,” Bell said. “It would be special and we’d do great things.”

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