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There is No "I" in Team in Hermiston

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HERMISTON, Ore. -- The Hermiston Bulldogs made it to the playoffs last year, a season most would consider a huge success.

But, players say there were two many individuals and not enough team players.

Tight End Adam Von Arx says "It definitely got in the way in the past. Everyone was afraid to step up but now people are stepping up."

But this year new head coach Mark Hodges has come all the way from Nevada to Hermiston to put in place a team atmosphere.

Von Arx says, "He has been emphasizing teamwork. Definitely, it's not one man, it's the whole team. No one is outside the program, no one is bigger than the team."

The team has so bought into Hodges' plan that it was like pulling teeth just to be able to talk to an individual player.They will only talk as a team.

Hodges says, "If we're committed and we play hard together as a team, there's nothing we can't do."

Hodges says his message of teamwork is supported by the Hermiston community and the way they support their football team.

He says, "This is the finest community I've ever seen in terms of community involvement."

The Bulldogs will come together to take on Walla Walla in Hermiston on Friday.