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WSU Footballers Ready For Championship Game

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The Warriors celebrate after a win over Nebraska-Kearney. (Credit: Jason Clark/wsuathletics.com)

The Warriors celebrate after a win over Nebraska-Kearney. (Credit: Jason Clark/wsuathletics.com)

DETROIT (WWJ) - They are this year’s Cinderella story in Division Two college football: The Wayne State University Warriors, who are on their way to Saturday’s regional finals against the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in Minnesota.

Wayne State head coach Paul Winters knew that once they squeaked into the postseason, they had a good chance to make a run.

“You know, I thought we had a pretty good team and I thought we had a chance to compete at this level. We had some setbacks early, but I think our team feels like we are where we should be,” the coach said.

Winters said his team gets more confidence with each postseason win.

“I think maybe in the first round, it was a little bit ‘Hey, we’re playing in the playoffs,’ but we weren’t sure about what it was all about. Since we’ve gone in and played really two pretty good games against good teams, I think we have a different feeling about this whole situation.”

Minnesota-Duluth is the defending D-2 national champion. And Winters said he doesn’t care what the weather forecast calls for — his players are ready.

“It is a good day to run the football and you love the opportunity, so I don’t really care what the weather is.”

Warrior fans who can’t get to the game are planning to gather at Starters Bar and Grill near the WSU campus at 12:30 p.m. to watch it there. And if you can’t make it there, you can always watch a live stream of the game at NCAA.com.

Catch up with Warriors football at wsuathletics.com.

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