He said they told them, "'We worked so hard in the preseason and we can't let this team down and the guys who aren't with us anymore,' and that's been our approach all season long."
Hess said the coaches thought they lost a couple of games that they should not have lost, but "I'm happy with the fact that we have started to put it together, especially later in the season, and we ended up here."
Here is a D4 AAA home rematch with Jersey Shore, a team the Seals beat 14-6 on the road last month, but a team that has won its last three games, on the heels of that close loss, including a semifinals upset at Shikellamy.
Now they've had at least one more week of practice and at least one more game with this young team, which is loaded with sophomore talent.
In addition to the aforementioned running backs, sophomore and converted quarterback Angelo Martin has also become a major player, helping the Seals turn back Milton last week in the other semifinal, with a five-touchdown game.
"He is getting better every time out. He is really seeing the field and finding the seams right now," Hess said.
Looking ahead to 2014, Hess and his staff have a nice problem. Their backfield will be the equivalent of a basketball team with five shooting guards.
In addition to the likelihood of having all of those running backs for two more seasons, the quarterback, Isaiah Rapp, is a junior.
For now, the Seals are just trying to make it back to the state playoffs, where they would meet the winner of a game between Clearfield and Somerset, at a District 4 site to be announced.
nSports editor Harold Raker covers high school football for The Daily Item. Email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.