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Bethel plays UW-Whitewater in NCAA playoffs on Saturday

The Royals are preparing for Saturday's NCAA West Region Championship game.

ARDEN HILLS, MINN. - What a season its been for NCAA Division 3 power Bethel.

They have advanced to the NCAA West Region Championship Game for the fourth time in 12 years. Up next, perennial powerhouse UW-Whitewater. The Warhawks are a team that is 12-0 this year and have won 18 in a row dating back to last season., but Bethel (11-1) is battle tested and ready to rumble on the road this Saturday afternoon in Whitewater, WI.

Bethel head football coach Steve Johnson said, "We had a battle with North Central, we had a battle with Wartburg. We're kind of in that mode. It's not about being big or tough guys. It's how you play."

Kickoff is set for noon at Perkins Stadium in Whitewater between Bethel and UW-Whitewater with the winner advancing to the NCAA Semifinals on December 8.