HOLLAND, Mich. -- In the first two years since Peter Stuursma took over the Hope College football program, the team has won seven and eight games respectively.
Now in 2018, there are 19 seniors on the roster and the team is eager to accomplish more.
"I think the biggest thing is they are coaching the younger guys"' Stuursma said of his upperclassmen. "They are pushing the younger guys along, saying. 'This is how we do things. This is what we expect.'"
And with a returning quarterback in Mason Opple and returning linebacker Mason Dekker, the Flying Dutchmen are in good hands.
"I think we just got to keep leading by example," Dekker added. "We show the younger guys, 'This is how we do things, and we do have high expectations around here if we want to keep this wave we have forming and get a 9-1 or 10-0 season, then you need to get on board with what we're doing around here.'"