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While no Missoula team made it to state last year, it doesn't mean they didn't have talent, particularly the Big Sky Eagles, with an impressive group of seniors last season.

"We had a very talented class, especially our skill kids, we had six total go on to play college football somewhere, so that's pretty huge and those are big shoes to fill, but we feel you don't try to replace people, you just have the next kid come and step up," says head coach Matt Johnson.

Coaches are confident the group will step up, something they attribute largely to the teams blue collar mentality.

"I just think our senior class this year is very strong, we get after each other, we don't talk with our words, but we talk with our pads, that kind of mentality, we like to get after one another, and play hard, hard nosed football," says Big Sky senior defensive-end Robell Bassett.

Hard nosed football is something that comes down from the coaching staff, many of them who have roots in Big Sky football themselves.

"We have out of our 14 coaches or whatever, 10 of them played here, so there's a lot of guys, everyone on our staff bleeds blue and gold, and there's a lot of pride, and we've been able to carry that tradition on, so we've been lucky we stepped into a program that's been well established," says Johnson.

For the past couple years, the Eagles have been the city champs in Missoula…and while they are proud of that, they know they need to take the next step, which means winning close games and getting to state.

"The mental mistakes, we need to erase those, I know a lot of times at the end of those games we lost we had a few false starts, a couple turnovers, we just have to make sure we take care of the ball and erase those mental mistakes," says Big Sky senior QB Jesson Preston.

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