FORT SMITH (KFSM) - The Northside Grizzlies are a team who was once a powerhouse, and are ready to take the new 7A-West by storm.
"Show everybody in the state the old Northside is back, and is here to stay," Daytrieon Dean, defensive end said.
Northside is coming off what could have potentially been a turn around season for the program. The Grizzlies went 3-6 with four of those losses being determined by four points or less.
"You can't be your own worst enemy, and that's what we were last year," Mike Falleur, head coach said. "We'd fumble the ball on the one yard line. We got an unsportsmanlike penalty one time that caused the team to kick the tying field goal. Just the little things that you gotta do."
But, you can't dwell on the past.
"You just got to keep looking ahead because obviously you can't go back to that season" Chase Williams, center said. "There's nothing we can do about that. We're in a new conference. New teams that we haven't played before, and we're just going to have to keep focusing on that, and you can't move backwards."
Even though they move into the toughest conferences in the state, if you look at the Grizzlies roster, they are full of talent and experience. But, Falleur says that means nothing until game day.
"We've played both Rogers schools last year. We've scrimmaged Springdale. We've played Southside. We've been at camps with Har-Ber and Bentonville. They are good football teams. I think we are right there with them. But until you win games, you really can't say you're better than any of them. So, we've got to come out and win games. At the end we'll know where we stand with them," Falleur said.
They're ready though, to become that powerhouse once again.