MISSOULA, Mont. -

After finishing last season with an overall record of 2-8 the Sentinel Spartans are excited to start up a new football season and show other teams what they're made of.

"Coaches remind us every day that we are one day closer to the game," said Spartan tight end Tim Dewalt. "We've been out here practicing we're in the swing of doubles so everyone is excited. We're getting to hit today and we're ready to take on CMR."

"We've been looking forward to this all summer," said Spartan strong safety Sam Frank. "We have been training really hard since January and we're just a big family so we're really looking forward to it and we're ready to get out on the field."

"The first game of the season is approaching really quick everyone is getting really excited for it," said Spartan defensive end Jeremy Eisenmann. "We've been working really hard all off season for it and the outcome should be pretty good with all the work that we've put in."

Like most high school football teams Sentinel lost several seniors from last year's team, but with a large group of seniors on this year's roster the Spartans say they're ready to have everyone step up.

"We've got leaders in seniors and junior leaders this year that are capable of getting us in the right spots," said Sentinel defensive coordinator Craig Mettler. "These kids love football and they love to fly around and hit people and play physical so it's going to be good to see."

"We had a good senior class last year. They worked really hard but we have 23 seniors this year and we are all really close, we all hang out on and off the field so we're ready to step up," said Dewalt.

"Just all the time we've put in on the weight room is really paying off," said Eisenmann. "People are really stepping up and it's just going to be a good senior season."

And with a clean slate heading into this season the Spartans have nothing but high expectations.

"We expect playoffs. "We're getting the kids to buy into that expectation, they are not expecting anything less than playoffs," said Mettler.

"We have high expectations. We went to AA camp we played really well, we got looks at good teams and we haven't seen CMR yet but from what we've seen we have very high expectations," said Dewalt.

Sentinel will open their season with a battle against CMR in Missoula on August 30th.