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Offenses Strong for Rustlers, Bison Heading in to 2015 Season

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After losing in the state championship game last year to Glacier…  it goes without saying - The CMR Rustlers began fall camp today with one goal in mind… getting back there this year.

"Without a doubt we expect to get to the playoffs - that's the expectation of every CMR team and then we need to take it upon ourselves to get to state and be successful."

That success starts in the backfield with the dynamic duo of Cats commit Karl Tucker… a stud athlete… who will be the starting quarterback this year... and reigning Gatorade Player of the Year and Yale commit…running back Andrew Grinde.

"It's going to be fun. We had a little preview of that last year with the Wildcat so hopefully it scares some teams," said Rustlers Sr. QB Karl Tucker II.

"I'm pretty sure it's going to be good because he's a good runner and he proved to us he can throw now too so it's going to be unstoppable I believe," said Rustlers Sr. RB Andrew Grinde. 

But how about the D? Their defense gave up 20 points a game last year which ranked 4th in the AA but they only have one returning starter.

"These kids also play football. They aren't green to playing football. And it's important to them our kids like football at CMR so hopefully we'll put out a good defense too. I like that bunch," said Gary Lowry Rustlers head coach.

On the other side of town are the Great Falls High Bison who went 2-8 last year… but built momentum heading into the off-season after nearly upsetting their cross-town rival.

"I'm really excited for this year. We've had a lot of improvement over the summer and a lot of returning starters so it should be a good year for us this year." said Sr. WR Maxx Sitzmann.

The offense… which along with the defense… ranked 2nd to last in the AA last season… will be led by 1st year starting quarterback… senior Kaden Sukut who says he's ready to shoulder the responsibility.  

"Consistency for me. I need to make the throws I need to make when I need to make them and make a name for myself. The team around me is great for support. We have a great group of receivers and lineman and I think 8 returning starters so that'll be great for us." said Kaden Sukut

On defense… like the Rustlers… the Bison will have a lot of new faces.

"We're young defensively. We graduated all 4 of our secondary player so we're going to have guys that get their first varsity ball this year but  they've had significant time on sophomore and JV but they'll be green early on," said Matt Krahe, Bison head coach.

Both teams know that's what camp is for - working out the kinks. They just hope to ready to rock on Friday night for their season opener.

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