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Mark Sartain trying to make Spring Hill a winner

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - For the senior class at Spring Hill, seeing the same head coach in Mark Sartain for a second straight year is a nice change. "This is the first time we have had a coach for more than a year at a time," senior lineman Blaine Pevler said. "I think it has helped a lot because we get to keep the same offense and defense.

Wide receiver Michael Spurrier added, "Coming into this year, we are already at the same spot ending last year so we are that much further ahead."

A 3 and 7 campaign in 2013 meant no playoffs for the Panthers, but Sartain is trying to build more than just a winning program. "At the end of the day, God is first so whatever we do we try to make sure we put him first in everything," senior tight end Hagen Tucker said. Sartain added, "I'm not a coach that happens to be a christian. I'm a christian that happens to be a coach and I want my career to be I allowed who I am to effect what I do not the other way around."

A one time coach at East Texas Baptist and Trinity Valley, Sartain brings college experience to the Panthers. And the players view his knowledge as an advantage. "I think we have a lot more experience than we would have if we had another high school coach that came in her," Pevler said. "He knows a lot more than most of them."

Tucker added,"It kind of shows us what its going to be like at the next level. he holds us to a little bit higher expectations than a normal high school coach would. We need it and we are living up to them."

In a new district with the likes of Gilmer, Bullard, and Canton, Spring Hill expects to end its postseason drought which dates back to 2007.
"We have a much easier district than we did last year so we will be real competitive this year for sure," quarterback Garrett Plumlee said.

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