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Bandits preparing for Champions Bowl II

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Johnny Bentley ran for 105 yards on Saturday. Johnny Bentley ran for 105 yards on Saturday.
SIOUX CITY - Behind a four touchdown performance from Johnny Bentley, the Sioux City Bandits knocked off Salina 66-37, punching their ticket to Champions Bowl II.

They'll face the defending champs from Wichita in the title game on Saturday.

Sioux City led by 22 points in the fourth quarter, but Salina erased that deficit, pulling within eight with 12 minutes to play.

However, Sioux City answered the bell, outscoring Salina 21-nothing the rest of the way.

It's sweet revenge for the Bandits, who were defeated by the Bombers in the first round of the playoffs last year.

"Playing a lot of close ball games, we've learned not to hit the panic button too early or not at all," Head Coach Erv Strohbeen said.  "Nobody was panicking on the sidelines.  We went back to work, went back to the things that were working for us. You see the score at the end. It was a 30-point victory."

Champions Bowl II will be at the Hartman Arena in Wichita. Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m.

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