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Mahnomen Heads Back to the Dome

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When it comes to Minnesota Class 'A' football Mahnomen is on the map.

On Saturday they'll be playing for their 8th state title in their 13th championship game -- for the third consecutive year.

But in Mahnomen, where the talent is bread as deep as the passion. The ego is missing and you just find drive.

"The whole team would do anything to have this state championship again," stated senior lineman Kal Handyside. "Everyone wants it. Everyone's been working hard."

It's a familiar spot for the Mahnomen football team to be grinding late into November. As the sun sets early, snow covers the ground and just two teams remain. Set to meet in the Metrodome the Saturday following Thanksgiving.

"It's just being part of Mahnomen. You want to win," added junior lineman Levi Liebl. "And when you lose it just sticks with ya."

The Indians like winning so much that they've done it 27 straight times. Actually their last lose was in the 2011 State Championship game.

And in fitting form they find themselves with an opportunity for revenge. As the football gods have them facing off against that very team, Dawson-Boyd on Saturday.

"When it's this time of year and you're playing for the state championship it doesn't matter who you play, you're just happy to be playing somebody," said head coach John Clark Jr.

With an offense that's just a 125 yards short of breaking the school rushing record for the third straight season and a defense that's only allowed 3.3 points per game, Mahnomen seems prepared for anyone.

"We've had a lot of time to work on the little things that it takes to win games like this," said Liebl. "I think we've had enough time. I think we're ready."

And they better be. Because for these seniors anything less than a win would be unacceptable.

"It would be pretty discouraging if we walk away without that trophy," said Handyside. "We've been working our whole careers for this. Four years of working hard. We really want this."

"Words couldn't even describe how bad we want this right now. The whole team. Everyone," added Liebl.

With all that desire and more than enough experience Mahnomen is well on their way to title number eight.

"The way they've performed and the way we've prepared I'm sure we're going to play quite well and represent Mahnomen," finished Coach Clark.

Mahnomen and Dawson-Boyd kick off Saturday at 10:00 am at the Metrodome.

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