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Bozeman Hawks Ready to Soar

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It's business as usual at Bozeman Hawks football practice.

They're a team that has played in the state championship the last two years, but this is a new team with new expectations.

"It feels great to be back,” said head coach Troy Purcell. “These kids have been working really hard during the whole summer. They're in really good shape. This might be one of the top three groups in my career, in shape-wise, that these kids came in. We haven't had a lot of pukers this year during the condo stations and three-a-days. They're working hard."

Bozeman lost many key players from last year's team to graduation.

Unlike last year, coming into camp this season there are a large handful of positions up for grabs.

"This is a whole new team with all new people pretty much playing. I think we have a good look to our team right now."

"This year it's competition, competition for every job,” said Coach Purcell. “These kids are playing hard at every practice. Even at this mornings practice. Usually a Monday morning right at the beginning of day three, it usually isn't very good. These guys have stepped it up and played really well this morning so I'm really impressed."

Among those who return are running back Cordell Appel and defensive back Bennett Hostetler.

While they have state titles under their belts, they know going into this season they will have to prove themselves even more.

"We obviously have a target on our back after winning state last year,” Appel said. “We'll see how it goes. We have all new guys, and I think we have a pretty good team."

"It is what it is,” said Coach Purcell. “We'll move forward and put the best 11 on the field on offense, defense, and let the special teams roll. We'll continue building this program. Hopefully we get a few more next year and we'll go from there."

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