Bandits turn focus towards playoff run

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The Sioux City Bandits have been the top dog of the indoor football league for the last few months, and now they will look to take a great finish to the regular season and turn it into a memorable run through the playoffs.

Following their most recent 77-7 victory over the Rapid City Marshalls, Sioux City heads into the postseason with a league-best 9-1 record. It really has been a collective effort throughout the entire season, as the Bandits have worked relentlessly to dominate all three areas of the game. Opposing defenses have yet to find an answer for the Sioux City offense, a unit that rolls into the playoffs averaging 51.4 points per contest.

Due to their regular season performance, the Bandits have earned a first-round bye and a much-needed week off to regroup, as they get ready to make a push for a championship.

"We're going to focus more on ourselves," said Sioux City defensive back Laronji Vason. "We had a great regular season, but we ran into problems, and those problems were because of us. So we're going to use this week to work on us basically. We'll get into our opponent next week, but this week is about us."

"It's the end of the year, everybody is banged up, so we get one extra week to get out bodies right, get our minds right, get out there and practice and get efficient with some things," said Sioux City running back Drew Prohaska. "Going into the playoffs, it's key to be efficient with everything."

"We went a couple of weeks where I felt we got a little lackadaisical," said Sioux City head coach Erv Strohbeen. "The Salina loss I think really focused us back up and kind of brought us back down to earth. I think the guys now are realizing what's at stake and putting in some hard work."

At this particular moment, the Bandits do not who their opponent will be for their first playoff game, as they will await the results from the two first-round games this weekend. On the other hand, Sioux city has received home-field advantage, meaning as long as they keep winning, they will play each game at the Tyson Events Center.