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St. Joe Christian High School football team has been to the eight man state championship three years in a row but lost every time.The Lions try to continue to make their yearly visit to St. Louis with their creative practice equipment.
St. Joe Christian High School has been to the eight man state championship three years in a row but lost all three.
But the Lions continue to make a yearly visit to St. Louis with their creative practice equipment.

"In life you going to fail, your not always going to reach your goals, but I think the journey is very educational," says Mark Juhl, head coach of St. Joseph Christian football team.
 
The journey has been more than educational for Juhl. Haunted by a runner up finish three years in a row, Juhl created a way for his team to get better.

"Why play defense when you can just take the ball away," said Juhl.

That inspired Juhl to create the Max Turnover. The Max Turnover is a tackling dummy with two straps to simulate a ball carrier.

"They help a lot," says Jordan Morrison, senior fullback. "There's the Max Machine and Max Turnover all those he has made have helped me and our whole entire team get better," Morrison added.
 
The Max Machine is another Juhl invention. His product is being used with division one college teams and NFL football teams.

"They love it. It's a chance to hit somebody without hurting them and without hurting themselves and just practice on a skill that will become valuable," says Juhl.

"We don't do a lot of drills where we hit each other at full force so to be able to use his inventions and get better is really good stuff," says Tyler Davison, senior wide receiver. "It teaches good fundamentals and that's really what coach is all about," Davison adds.

The goal remains the same for the Loins but the focus of their game has changed.

"Other teams beware because we are going to take the ball from you," says Juhl.

The Loins open the season August 26 at West Nodaway.    
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