BENTONVILLE (KFSM) - The Bentonville Tigers are usually one of the top dogs in the 7A West, but now this upcoming season they'll have a new little brother to look out for.
"I'm sure that their school over there will do everything they can to win some games, and do somethings," Bentonville coach Jody Grant said. "Obviously they are competing without seniors so, that's going to be tough in the 7A conference."
With Bentonville West in the mix it's changed things up for the Tigers, especially with the Wolverines dipping into their roster pool.
"Some of our guys who played for us this past year are now apart of another program. You know, we developed a relationship with those young men. But, you know, it is what it is," Grant said.
But, they're not worried about the new kids on the block.
"I'll be honest with you, our focus is on our program and our team," Grant said.
Even after losing some key seniors from last season, they still say this isn't going to be a rebuilding year.
"It's not rebuilding, it's reloading is what kind of the attitude around here is," senior linebacker Joe Britton said. "We don't lose people, we just replace them. We reload."
Their focusing on getting back to the top, and bringing home a sixth state championship.
"I expect us to go get the ring again like the other years," junior receiver Kam'ron Mays-Hunt said.
"At Bentonville we always make a run for it. So, nothing but that. It's an expectation around here," Britton said.
The confidence level is high for the Tigers.
"Our defense is pretty good. Us competing against the defense is getting us better for the game because I feel like we have the best defense in the 7A-West," Mays-Hunt said.
Bentonville kicks off it's season on September 2nd against Rockhurst at Tiger Stadium.