Bandits running back Johnny Bentley led the CPIFL in rushing and touchdowns.
When the Sioux City Bandits travel to Wichita Saturday for Champions Bowl II, not only will the two best teams in the CPIFL be on the field, the two best players will be there too. Wichita quarterback Rocky Hines won the league's MVP award but the Bandits think one of their guys should have won.
Running back Johnny Bentley won the league's rushing title by over 200 yards and also led the league in touchdowns with 30. He also averaged almost five yards per carry and had more carries than anyone else.
In last Saturday's playoff win over Salina, Bentley had 170 yards and four touchdowns. But he wants to win titles, not awards.
"It really don't bother me. I just want to get a championship ring," said Bentley. "If the awards come along that's fine. I've been playing the game for so many years, it kind of leaves your system. That's when you're younger, you want the awards like that. When you get older you just want to win and go out as a winner and go out on top."
"In everyone in Sioux City's eyes, Johnny Bentley is the MVP of this league," said head coach Erv Strohbeen. "Individual awards are second to the ring in these guys eyes. But it was disappointing to see that we didn't earn those postseason honors that I feel like the guys deserve."
The Bandits and Wild play at 7 o'clock on Saturday night in Wichita, Kansas.
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