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Hanford High football looks to bounce back from down year

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Hanford high football knows they cannot teach experience. Last year they were young and undersized, which resulted in a 2-8 season. It was their first time missing the playoffs in three years.

Hanford said this year is different. "The team mentality definitely. It's definitely stronger now. Last year was kind of lacking. We had a lot of doubts, and it's better," said senior guard Jared Miller. "A lot more dedication. There was a lot of people that aren't very committed to the team as I feel, not trying as hard, which if everyone was committed and trying as hard, I believe we'd actually get there again," added senior cornerback and slotback Josh Tayaman.

"We were really young last year. The Big 9 is a man's league, and we took our lumps. So we just think our players maturing physically and having an extra year in the system, they'll be better prepared to compete in the Big 9," said head coach Rob Oram.

Friday night Hanford takes on cross-town rival Richland live on SWX.