Despite a disappointing end of the 2012 football season, the Spring Hill Bears kept their fight of competitiveness throughout the year against all opponents.
Despite a disappointing end of the 2012 football season, the Spring Hill Bears kept their fight of competitiveness throughout the year against all opponents. For the first season as head coach of the Bears, Russell Carter thought his troops fought through one of their toughest seasons, after being successful the previous three seasons, being postseason bound during the “Tommy Poole Era”. This past season was disappointing to Carter, but from the beginning his Bears battled with several injuries and not being able to perform 100 percent. Even with high expectations to be one of the key teams in the 7-2A West Conference heading into season 2012, the Bears had one of their toughest schedules. The Bears faced three of the top teams in the state for class 2A such as 2012 state champions Junction City Dragons, 7-2A West Conference champs Gurdon Go-Devils and Mineral Springs who all were ranked throughout the season. Since the Bears finished this season 1-5 in conference play, 1-9 overall. With losses against these top teams and other tough opponents this season, the Bears showed improvement in their play throughout the year according to Carter. The Bears started out the season with a impressive performance against the Centerpoint Knights for scrimmage game play prior to the start of the 2012 football season. Carter thought his Bears prevailed well against the Knights, but due to some key players suffering injuries, held his troops back and the production wasn't there to excel for 48 minutes and win. On the positive note for season 2012, two Bears received football accolades such as OL - Andrew Barnett and DE Chandler Collier named 7-2A West All-Conference honors. The Bears will lose key seniors such as Carter Yocom, Colton Belk, Jacob Johnson, Wyatt Putman, Cody Sipes and Marshall Cato who Carter thought competed hard all season long, gave 100 percent and showed great leadership on the gridiron. With only three starters leaving after this season, Carter's underclassman will be ready to step up next year with experience from 2012 season. Thus far, the Bears have taken advantage of the off-season training to get stronger, faster and work on several key fundamentals of football to be ready for another challenging year. Carter looks forward to a better season in 2013 of his Bears having the right focus to make it back to the playoffs with hard workouts this offseason. Thus far, the Bears are showing improvements and dedication to be better for season 2013.