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Bandits talk about second APFL title

Fredrick Bruno and Eddie Pertilla celebrate Sioux City's second championship. Fredrick Bruno and Eddie Pertilla celebrate Sioux City's second championship.

"I'm going to Disney Land," were the words spoken by Sioux City quarterback Scott Jensen following the Bandits 56-34 win over Council Bluffs in the American Professional League Football Championship Saturday night.

Jensen threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as Sioux City capped off it's second undefeated season, capturing its second consecutive APFL title.

The Bandits defense dominated, holding the Express to just 69 total yards and six points in the first half.

Despite the Express revamping their offensive unit, it was the Bandits offense that took control from the start, scoring on their first four possessions to take a 28-6 lead into the half.

"Oh, you know 'Z' sits down and watches more film than any coach I've seen," said Head Coach Erv Strohbeen.  "He had a great game plan. You know McNear likes to run the ball so we had a guy spying him all night and it worked out."

In the second half, the Express made it a 15-point game, but that's as close as they would get the rest of the night as the Bandits cruised to their second straight APFL title.

"I was stoic," added Rahn Franklin.  "I didn't know what to say, what to do, but it felt real good. All I could do was smile."

Veteran linebacker Spetlar Tonga missed eight games this season due to a knee injury, but was able to return for postseason play.

"Just special since I got injured earlier in the year. And was able -- you know had a good Doc, was able to come back towards the end of the season," Tonga said.  "We played pretty close to a complete football game tonight in this championship."

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