FFN Countdown Day 3: Har-Ber Wildcats
Coach: Chris Wood
2012: 7-5, 5-2
Returning Starters: 6 OFF/3 DEF
Sept. 6 Webb City, Mo.
Sept. 13 Rockbridge, Mo.
Sept. 20 at Southside
Sept. 27 at Bentonville
Oct. 4 Heritage
Oct. 11 at Van Buren
Oct. 18 Siloam Springs
Oct. 25 at Rogers
Nov. 1 Fayetteville
Nov. 8 at Springdale
Har-Ber won seven games in the 2012 season. That’s least amount of wins since the Wildcats first season back in.
Winning is in their blood and even though they reached the quarterfinals, the Wildcats weren’t too satisfied.
“We obviously came up short,” said Senior receiver Gus Vitt. “Everybody wanted to do better, we all expected ourselves to do better.”
“Southside got the job done that night, we came up short,” said Head Coach Chris Wood. “It left a bitter taste in our mouth, and it really kind of the starting point and foundation for the off season.”
That foundation is set on winning the state championship and nothing less. The team says they are more united and ready than ever.
“We fight like brothers,” said Vitt. “But we are becoming closer, it’s hot and we’re pushing through that. I’m definitely satisfied with our progress and how far we’ve come.”
“Like Gus said we fight a lot but we’ve become closer like family,” said Senior running back Tim Faubus. “We are just a better team overall and closer for all of the hard work we have put in together.”
The Wildcats know there will be one big factor to their success this season.
“To get yourself ready to play, you can’t go out and play a soft non-conference,” said Coach Wood. “We’ve been fortunate enough to open up with Webb City which has won the last three state championships.”
“Playing tougher teams to get us ready for the rest of the 7A,” said Gus Vitt. “If you come out and play weaker teams, you’re not going to be ready.”
“It will make us better,” said Tim Faubus. “During our conference games when it really counts, we will be playing better if we play the better teams.”