After starting the past two seasons with 0-3 records, the Bears have started this season 3-0 and along the way have seemed to find their identity. And that's defense, a defense yielding less than seven points per game.

Timpson gave up 14 to Tyler All Saints to start the season, but the Bears have allowed six points total the past two weeks. Last week, Union Grove put six on the board and Cushing was shut out two weeks ago.

First-year Timpson head coach James Conway credits the kids for buying into what the coaches are trying to sell them.

“They are doing what we ask them to and as long as they keep doing that we will be alright,” Conway said. “If you’re not giving up that many points you should have a good chance to win and that’s what we talk to our kids about. You play good defense you are going to be in all the ball games. That’s what we’re pushing for.”

When Conway arrived in Timpson last February, one of the first players that changed positions was junior RB/DE Colton McSwain.

“Last year he (McSwain) played linebacker on defense,” Conway said. “This year we moved him to defensive end to get him down and put him on his all fours to create problems for offensive lines and he’s done a good job there with that.”

Conway also credits junior defensive tackle Dimric Caraway with having a part in making the defensive unit solid, as well as other groups.

“Dimric stands out right now with Colton, he’s playing real well for us right now," Conway said. "Our linebackers have stepped up their game and the secondary kids are playing well for us too. They all are doing a real good job trying to learn what we want to do.”

Timpson is idle this week but next week it travels to Burkeville to take on the Mustangs.