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Bandits react following loss in Champions Bowl II

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Bandits Head Coach Erv Strohbeen talks with KTIV on Sunday. Bandits Head Coach Erv Strohbeen talks with KTIV on Sunday.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - The Wichita Wild showed why they're tough to beat at home, rallying past Sioux City to claim their second straight CPIFL title with a  46-41 win over the Bandits in Champions Bowl II.

Similar to their regular season loss in Wichita, the Bandits fell into a 21-nothing hole before finally getting on the board.

Trailing 30-7, the Bandits scored 31 answered points to take a 38-30 lead in the 3rd. 

Despite that stretch, the offense struggled to find it's footing all game.

The league's top ranked scoring offense, Sioux City was limited to just 165 total yards and held to nearly 20 points fewer than their season average.

"Hats off to the Wichita Wild. They're the number one defense in the league," Head Coach Erv Strohbeen said.  "You know, they kept us off balance.  I wanted to go into that game being able to run the ball and we weren't able to do that as effectively as we would have liked. Our running game opens up a lot of our passing game and they were able to stick their defensive backs, back in coverage and cover our guys up."

The Bandits end the year with a 10-4 record.


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