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Bulldogs are better late than never

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Touchdown after touchdown. Win after win. The Madison Bulldogs are finally headed to the Dakota Dome to play for a football championship for the first time in school history.

"It is exciting. The first team from MHS to ever go to the dome," Senior, Preston Nordling said. "I know the town is really excited, and it will be a great atmosphere.

The town should be excited, as well as the players. Much of the team has been fighting for this opportunity for the last four seasons.

"A lot of them have lettered for three of four years now and played since they were freshman," Head Coach Max Hodgen mentioned. "Experience pays off.  We work hard and play together, feed off each other. The team has good chemistry."

Now getting to the dome is nice and all, but the players obviously want something more.

"We aren't just satisfied with just getting there obviously.  We are really excited, but we know there is still work to be done," Senior, Rush Milne added. "West Central is going to bring a great team and we are just hoping for a great battle and looking to come out on top.

But, coming out on top won't be easy. Madison must stop the West Central Trojans who are a force on offense and defense, and have 11 state titles in their school history.

"On defense I think we are solid. It is about eliminating those big plays," Hodgen said. "Offensively be ready for their blitz and take advantage of their opportunities when we have those."

On paper the game does like pretty even, but Madison does have one distinct advantage and that lies on the top of Coach Max Hodgen's head.

"I am not supposed to wear a hat inside," Hodgen said with a smile. "But, the guys think its good luck. So, I will probably go with it on Thursday."

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