Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Generals Hoping Bell Propels Them to Playoffs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Generals Hoping Bell Propels Them to Playoffs

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The Lee High School football team knew it had something special

in Atrews Bell the first time he touched the ball.

As a freshman in 1993, the Lee coaches threw Bell into a game

as part of the punt return team. Less than a minute later he ran

right by them while returning the ball 80 yards for a touchdown.

Although his position has changed, his importance to the

Generals has not. Now as a quarterback, Lee players, coaches and

fans are hoping Bell's arm will propel the Generals to a state

title game -- which they fell one game short of last season in a

31-7 loss to Bolles in the Class 4A semifinals.

Last season, Bell completed 64-of-119 passes and amassed 1,283

yards during the regular season -- an average of 20 yards per

completion.

That average was even higher in the playoffs as Bell totaled

268 yards on just 10 completions.

Second-year coach Ed Barrett has not let those numbers go

unnoticed. Although a big fan of the Wing-T offense, Barrett has

said he would open up the offense in order to give more work to

the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Bell.

"I'm hoping they'll let me throw more, but they tell me that

every year," Bell said with a smile. "It's frustrating not to

throw the ball as much as I would like, but that's fine.

"I would rather throw the ball 10 times a game and win 14 games

than throw it 20 to 25 times a game and lose. …

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