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No. 1 Montrose Preps for Semifinal Matchup at No. 5 Pueblo South

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Updated: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:31:35 MST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.--For the first time under ninth-year head coach Todd Casebier, the Montrose Indians have advanced to the Class 4A state semifinals.

"As an adult you know it's a pretty special deal," Casebier said. "And at the same time, you're trying to get them ready to make them understand the importance of the moment. But, at the same time, they've got to play."

"We're just a little amped up for this game," senior Irah Wooten said. "It's the first time in a long time we've been here, and a lot of guys are just trying to get themselves ready and doing what they're doing to get ready for this game."

Which is the biggest one yet, as the Indians are just one win away from advancing to the state championship.

"It hit me this week," senior Conner Huskey said. "It just came out of nowhere. I'm like, 'Wow, we've gotten so far. We've done so much.' And now we're here and it's coming true."

"I don't want to stop playing and I'm going to do everything in my power I can to keep these guys and this team rolling."

The Indians will travel to No. 5 Pueblo South Saturday for a semifinal matchup boasting two 11-1 teams, and the Indians are sure to have their hands full against a more balanced offensive attack.

"They're balanced on offense," Casebier said. "They're like Montbello in terms of run-pass ratio. They're really good at both, so we're going to have to be sharp on defense on both sides, in terms of running and passing. I think we're ready for that.

"We need to stop the pass. It's been something we haven't been great at defending. I think we've got our defensive backfield in tack now. We're healthy and ready to go, so it will be a good challenge for us."

Angelo Youngren's return at the start of playoffs has been a big boost for the Indians in their quest for the program's first state title since 1950.
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