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Bandits get CPIFL playoff rematch with Salina

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The Sioux City Bandits host Salina in the CPIFL playoffs on Saturday. The Sioux City Bandits host Salina in the CPIFL playoffs on Saturday.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - The Sioux City Bandits start their playoffs on Saturday night against the Salina Bombers of Kansas. The Bandits went 9-3 during the regular season are the second seed out of the four playoff teams in the CPIFL.

The Bandits split their two games with the Bombers this season, losing 77-70 in week one and then winning 56-42 in April, both at the Tyson Events Center.

The two teams know each other well and Salina is the team that knocked Sioux City out of the playoffs last year. The Bandits won't take anything for granted this year.

"The amount of work that these guys and this coaching staff has put in, to not win last year after the season we went through and the amount of injuries and the adversity and to make an early exit out of the playoffs, left a bad taste in my mouth and the coaching staff's and the ownership group and a lot of our player's mouths," said head coach Erv Strohbeen.

Sioux City was the highest scoring team in the league this season, averaging 56 points a game. They also gave up 46 a game -- the highest total of any playoff team, but offensive shootouts are just a part of indoor football.

"Our defense is a lot stronger and plus I think there were a lot of fluke plays they were scoring on," said running back Johnny Bentley. "One play, if somebody would have done something it would have made a a big difference. I don't think our defense really let up that much but our defense did get a lot better."

Game time Saturday is 7 o'clock at the Tyson Events Center.
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