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"This year, everyone is up there, we're ready to play every day, and we come out every day yelling and whooping and not, keeping each other up," says Sentinel senior lineman Kyle Douglas.

As part of the new-found positive attitude, this years senior class is one of the biggest at Sentinel, at 23 student athletes.

"We had so many kids come out, and not just the seniors, but every grade, all levels of kids, because we've been together every day in school during zero period, and we lift together during the summer, so there's not segregated classes," says Sentinel senior receiver Zach Mustard.

The players are becoming closer in coach Dane Oliver's second year, and the head man himself acknowledges just how much he learned in his first season at the helm.

"I learned that it's a lot of work to be a head football coach.  I learned how to organize, how to motivate, there's so much more on your plate than a coordinator," says Oliver.

While Oliver is confident the squad will see more success in his second year, the team agrees…citing a higher level of competition

"We tried hard last year, and we did the same stuff we do this year, but our intensity and motivation was really low.  We have more leaders stepping up with the large senior class, I know everyone wants it bad this year compared to last year," says Douglas.

While wanting to win is one thing, as coach Oliver says, the love of the game goes a long way in itself.

"I see a group of seniors that love the game of football, and when you love the game, you're willing to put in some extra work.  We've seen that through the summer, through their commitment in the weight-room, we've seen their commitment off the field, becoming good people, and so far our first several practices, we've seen a lot of energy, and kids who love the game, and I'm excited for the year," says Oliver.

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