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Badlands Bowl Kicks off Saturday

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     While summertime is dominated by baseball in the treasure state, it's also high school all-star season.

     This weekend in Miles city, the states best football players will take on North Dakota in the annual Badlands Bowl.

     As with many of the Montana all-star games, it features the best players from across the state in all different classifications.

     "That's just an honor to be considered one of the top 32 in the state, coming from class B, I don't think we've had a player in this game for a long time, so to be one of the few and the proud to go it was an honor," says former Loyola WR and future Griz Josh Janssen.

     While the players come from all over the state, there were plenty of high school rivals on the team.

     "It was definitely a little weird to start, Like coach Grey said, there is a lot of these guys you've hated for the last four years, and now you're playing together, but it's great, we're pushing each other, going hard at practice, so it's all good, and we're all becoming friends too, which is the best part.  You leave here with a lot more friends than you came with," says former Capital RB and future Cat Gunnar Brekke.

     Butte's Arie Grey is coaching the Montana squad, implementing a lot of what the Bulldogs did during their championship season.  

    "Coach Grey, he loves his no huddle, and just screen passes and everything, so being a receiver I'm fine with that, I came from an offense that was about 60/40 run to pass, so it's fun getting to sling the ball around and not run it so much, so no complaints there," says Janssen

     With many of the players heading to play for rival colleges next year, everyone in the game is a fierce competitor, but all are enjoying their short time together.

     "If you love football, you can be serious and still have fun.  But it's bragging rights for sure.  You wear Montana on your jersey, and you represent your state, and so you want to come home with the trophy.  I'd say it's both, and probably more toward the serious side.  But like I said if you love football you can be serious and have fun." says Brekke.

     That competitive streak comes to the surface when you ask about how badly they want to beat North Dakota.

     "We're on a winning streak right now, I think its two in a row, so you don't want to be a part of the team that lost it.  We're 14-5 against North Dakota right now, so I just want to keep help that winning streak going," says Janssen.


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