By Thomas Sellers Jr.
COVINGTON — The summer of 2013 has been busy for incoming Munford High School senior Andre Bell.
Traveling the United States with his basketball team, Bell has been sharpening his skills on the hardwood preparing to defend his school’s District 13-3A Tournament championship.
But the Munford power forward made it back in town just in time to rejoin the Cougar Football team and attend the first Media Day for Highway 51 area high schools last Thursday at the Bald Butcher in Covington.
“It’s good to be back,” Bell said. “I’ve been busy with basketball, especially during dead period traveling with my team. Plus I’ve been shooting at least 500 shots a day.”
Now Bell is mixing in reps on the gridiron for new Munford Head Football Coach Ahmaad Galloway. Some of that practice time was at the Millington First Baptist Church this past weekend.
For the first time at the school, the Cougars attended a football camp with overnight stays and incorpating a team-building atmosphere.
Bell said he was glad to have extra time with his teammates at the Media Day and FBC Camp to build a stronger repor’. As one of the senior leaders on the team, Bell will see some time at tight end, wide receiver and defensive end.
“I like defense better because I get to lay the pads on people,” he said. “I like to hit and bang folks around.”
As for offense, Bell said the fans have to wait and see what his role will be Aug. 23 when the Cougars take on the rival Covington Chargers. Covington reached the Class 4A State championship game last year with an undefeated regular season.
Bell said the Cougars will be ready for the tough challenge out of the gate taking the field with Galloway’s philosophy.
“Coach has our mindset at, ‘Take no plays off,” he noted. “As long as we don’t take any plays off, we’ll have a chance in every game.”
Bell said he is ready for a special senior year from the gridiron to the hardwood. And with championship experience under his belt, he’s ready to be a leader.
“I will be a leader vocally and physically,” he concluded. “I will tell my players what needs to be done and more importantly show them what needs to be done.”