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Bandits' players contemplating retirement

Johnny Bentley (12) ran for 956 yards this year. Johnny Bentley (12) ran for 956 yards this year.
 It was tough ending to the season to say the least for the Sioux City Bandits on Saturday.

Wichita scored the game winning touchdown with a minute to play in the Champions Bowl, ending Sioux City's hopes for winning it's third title in four years.

After last season's first round loss to Salina, Head Coach Erv Strohbeen says the guys were motivated to get back on the field and prove they belong at the top of the league.

They did, but fell just short of their ultimate goal.

Strohbeen knows change comes at the end of every season and that there will be a new squad on the turf next year in Sioux City.

"Every year, you know you have the same talk with in that this group of guys will never be together again. This entire group of guys," Head Coach Erv

Strohbeen said.  "That's unfortunate because it's been a great group of guys to work with."

Strohbeen told KTIV on Sunday that running back Johnny Bentley is contemplating retirement.

Bentley led the CPIFL with 956 yards and scored 32 total touchdowns, which ranked second in the league.

He's not the only member of the offense thinking about hanging up the cleats.

"All these guys have said this before and contemplated retirement," Strohbeen said.  "I might have to be a little bit of a salesman if I want them back."

Sioux City finished the season with a 10-4 record.

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