Created: 08/15/2014 10:05 PM KAALtv.com
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Last season the Lourdes football team made it to the semifinals of the class 3A State tournament. The year before that, they played in the state championship game.
So making it deep into the playoffs has become somewhat of a norm for the eagles. And they're hoping they can continue the trend this year.
They lost a number of talented seniors last year. Running back Kane Karstens and his brother McKay both graduated, as well as last year’s quarterback Michael Brandt.
This year's senior class is the biggest the eagles have had in over 20 years and they're hoping they can benefit from their experience.
"We've got a good crop of players back and they have a lot of experience. Whether they started or not, they played a lot of football last year and that will help tremendously," said head coach Mike Kesler.
"We have a lot of seniors coming back this year, some have played, and some haven't. It's big for us guys that have played but obviously everybody else is talented out here too," said senior Zach Hillman.
"I've played with all the guys since freshman year and we have known each other for so long that we can compete with each other and get each other better," said senior Steve O'Brien.
The eagles open their season at home on august 29th. They’ll take on Lewiston-Alutra.