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Embree had just eight seniors on this year’s team, and in addition to a staff makeover, he was planning to switch to a spread offense and tweak his defense next year.

“We went up against some really good teams that we weren’t quite able to match up with,” Embree said. “And some of it was just physical differences. We were young. Some of it, we had injuries. But at the end of the day, there was never any quit. They fought to the last play. They did a good job of not looking at the scoreboard.”

The administration, though, sure did.

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AP freelancer Monica Costello contributed.

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