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Northside Christian suffers through growing pains in move up to 11-man

By Chris Dearing

Special Contributor

Northside Christian head football coach Stacey Bell knew the challenges he was facing moving from 8-man football to 11-man, but he was hoping for a little better result. The Crusaders finished 1-8 this season and had several growing pains in the process.

“We knew what we were stepping into,” Bell said. “It’s a process and we came up a little bit short this season. We gave great effort every week and I couldn’t ask more than the kids gave. But we’ve already turned the page and we’re getting ready for next year.”

Junior Noah Powell was the only All-Region selection from his linebacker spot. He also saw plenty of time at running back so he will be a key component going into next season.

Bell also singled out the unselfish play of senior Christian Hampton, who did a little bit of everything. He started on the offensive line but at some point during the season filled in at running back and quarterback due to injuries.

While the 2018 season didn’t pan out as well as expected, Bell is excited for lies ahead. Northside Christian started eight underclassmen on offense and nine on defense in the final regular season game. That gives Bell hope that better things are on the horizon.

“We’ve already flipped the page,” he said. “Our administration has been so great and supportive. We have as good facilities as anyone in the league. I expect the entire coaching staff to return. It’s only getting better and I’m expecting bright things for the future.”

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