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Spartans look to upset top seed Bozeman

By Brad Peers, KECI Sports, bpeers@keci.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:21:42 PM MST
Updated On: Nov 07 2013 09:24:45 PM MST
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Sentinel Spartans enter this year's playoffs as the #8 seed but the team's mentality heading into the postseason is that they can compete with the top teams.

"We've kind of taken an approach that we expect to be there," says Sentinel head coach Dane Oliver. "We had our expectations to make the playoffs, make a run and our goal is to compete for a state championship. This is a barrier in our way it's an opportunity for us to prove if we're at that level."

"First round of the playoffs isn't good enough and neither is the second round," says Spartan senior Austin Violette. "State championship is our goal and we're not so much looking at it that we have to play Bozeman, it's that Bozeman has to play us even though we're going to their house."

When Sentinel takes on the undefeated Bozeman Hawks on Friday, it will be the second meeting between these two teams. The Hawks know they can't take the Spartans for granted.

"You know it's tough to beat a team twice in a row, says Bozeman senior Will Dissly. "They've gotten a lot better, we've looked on film they're physical they're going to bring a lot of pressure so we're definitely going to have to pay our best game."

"You know any time you have to play somebody in the same season and beat them twice is difficult," says Bozeman head coach Troy Purcell. "We played them at the beginning of the year and nobody knew where anybody was at at that time. They prove week in and week out that they're a very good opponent, they're definitely a threat out there they're definitely a good football team."  

Friday's game kicks off at 7pm in Bozeman.