By Mark Schremmer, for Kpreps.com
Yes, technically it’s a rematch. The Thunder Ridge Longhorns will meet the Baileyville B&B Falcons in the 8-Man Division II state championship game at Newton for the second consecutive season.
However, Baileyville B&B coach Justin Coup said revenge from last year’s 46-14 loss to Thunder Ridge isn’t a factor entering Saturday’s state title game.
“It’s a rematch because it’s Thunder Ridge vs. Baileyville,” Coup said. “But after that, this is a new year with two different groups of kids.
“Our motivation isn’t rematch or revenge. What’s more important for our kids is to play better than last year and to perform better on Saturday. The motivation isn’t different because it’s Thunder Ridge.”
With that said, both teams are back in Newton with the state title on the line even though each team has taken different paths to get there.
Despite being the defending state champions, Thunder Ridge opened the 2012 season ranked fourth in 8-Man Division II.[ Read The Rest at Kpreps.com - Click Here ]