Bell Goes off in District Win, Playoffs Next

Recruiting updates at SoonersIllustrated are steadily coming as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we talked to Bishop Carroll Catholic quarterback Blake Bell in this SI update.

For many years, rivals from the state of Kansas, Bishop Carroll and Liberal have been going it in conference play. And in the two decades of the rivalry, the Liberal squad has had the upper hand.

But in 2009, the Bishop team led by quarterback Blake Bell, had other plans.

"We have only beaten Liberal once in like 20 years. We decided that we wanted to take this one," Bell said of the 61-35 win over his rival team. "We just simply came out swinging. Not only was this a big win for our school, but also this is one of the few times that our school has been 9-0 going into the playoffs.

"And, we are now district champs."

From Bell's standpoint that could be considered an understatement. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Oklahoma commitment was in on nine touchdowns. After throwing for five and running for four, Bell said that he was just in the moment for this game and it all just happened.

"Our coaching staff did a good job getting us prepared for this game. We were all set on winging and focused," Bell, who threw touchdown passes to four different wide receivers said.
"We are going into the playoffs with momentum."

In the win, aside from Bell's passing, he ran for over 150 yards, including touchdown runs of 60 and 38 yards. The Golden Eagles have home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs and host Newton this Friday.

While still on high from his high school victory, Bell made the trip to Norman to take in the Sooner game against Kansas State.

"It was a good win for Oklahoma. Kansas State kind of slid back into the game, but I think the (Oklahoma) team was ready," Bell said. "They'll go back and watch tape and get ready for Nebraska, but this a good win for us."

This marks the third Sooner game for Bell in 2009. How does one visit fare to the next?

"You know, I think it is just a matter of picturing myself there at Oklahoma," Bell said. "Every time I go down there, I fell more comfortable every time. It becomes more and more like family. 

"It feels good to know that you'll play there one day."

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