Jamario Bell will be coming to Fayetteville with more momentum than most recruits.
The four-star defensive end capped his high school career at Junction City by helping the Dragons beat Hazen 38-6 to win the Arkansas Class 2A state championship Saturday night at War Memorial Stadium.
It was Junction City’s third straight state title and 40th straight win, the fourth longest winning streak in state history.
“(Coach) tells us every night that if we come out and we play like we’re supposed to play, there’s no one in the state that can play with us,” Bell said.
During the game, Bell caught two passes for 11 yards and one touchdown, caught a two-point conversion and registered two tackles on defense.
Both of his receptions were big plays for the Dragons.
The first came on Junction City’s first possession. On fourth down, the Dragons were going to punt the ball back to Hazen, but the snap went over the punters head, causing him to scramble and eventually heave a pass to Bell, who caught it for a first down.
The Dragons scored just two plays later and the rout was on.
His other reception was a 3-yard touchdown pass from Junction City quarterback Randall Holyfield. It was his 17th career touchdown reception, breaking the school record.
“I’ve been with (Holyfield) all of my junior high and high school career,” Bell said. “It gave me the school record, so it was a very emotional moment with my quarterback.”
Bell’s football career almost never happened, as he wanted to play another sport.
“It’s taken awhile (for him) to understand the game,” Junction City head coach David Carpenter said. “He’s a guy that wanted to be a basketball player, but now he’s turning into a football player and getting the weight on him. He has gotten a lot better.”
He also ended his career as Junction City’s all-time leader in receptions, with 52, and second in receiving yardage, with 753 yards.
While Bell is the highest profile recruit on Junction City’s team, running back Jaqwis Dancy has also had a great career and ended it with a third most valuable player award in the championship game.
The Louisiana Tech commit rushed for 139 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries. He also had a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown.
“(Dancy) has been huge,” Carpenter said. “The young man is one of those running backs that you’re fortunate to get every so often that is fast, strong and quick. He’s a good back.”
Both players will head to college on a 40-game winning streak and Bell said he thinks the winning tradition will continue with the Razorbacks.
“I know it will,” Bell said. “I’m going to work very hard and I know we’re going to have a very successful season (at Arkansas).”
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