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Brillion excited to return to postseason

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Brillion looks to continue perfect run into the postseason. (WLUK)

BRILLION (WLUK) -- On Friday, Brillion is making its first postseason appearance since 2013 and even though the postseason is limited to two weeks due to a late start to the season due to COVID-19, the Lions are looking forward to this year's two-week playoff schedule.

Seeded No. 2 in Division 4, Brillion hosts No. 3 Southern Door with the winner moving to next week's Level 2 game against No. 1 Amherst, which already has advanced via forfeit.

"It's exciting to get back to the postseason, even in a season like this," coach Tanner Behnke said. "That mentality is that it's a chance for us to up against another team that conquered in their conference and to go against a team we haven't played this year is exciting. It kind of gives you that postseason mentality that it's different and it's a really exciting experience for these kids."

"I'm just super-excited," senior Carter Stebane said. "Never been there, never been in this situation; the atmosphere. Hopefully, it's going to be a blast, you know."

Brillion (6-0) is two wins away from its first undefeated season since winning the 2010 Division 5 state championship. Behnke played for that team, but the coach isn't reminding his players of that accomplishment.

"I think they're aware of it and how special this season has been because of that," Behnke said. "The fact that they were able to accomplish (a perfect regular season) is something they have taken notice of and taken pride in."

Brillion has won four games by at least 27 points and another game by 13 points. Only a 6-3 season-opening win against New Holstein was close.

The Lions would like to continue those winning ways for two more weeks.

"We made it this far and for me it's my last year," Stebane said. "Me and my buddies are really close. We just want to finish it out and do what we can for the season we've had.

"We didn't have many games the way it was so we just want to keep playing as many as we can."

The Lions have at least one game left and it's Friday. You can sure they will be ready.

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