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Concienne signs to play for Battlin' Bears

GRANDVIEW - The fourth player to come out of Grandview and play college football in the past four years, Grandview High School's Matt Concienne signed a letter of intent yesterday to play at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont.

He will join previous teammates James Vela and brother, Kevin Concienne, at Rocky Mountain College. Former teammate Brandon Artz plays at the University of Idaho.

Concienne was part of the 2005 Grandview football team that made it to the 2A State quarterfinals. That year he played safety as a sophomore and made the All-CWAC team in that position. He was also the Greyhounds back-up running back that year.

In 2006 and 2007 Concienne switched to the position he prefers, quarterback. In the two years he started for the Greyhounds, Concienne threw for over 4,000 yards and 34 touchdowns. His coach, Dustin Lamb, said if his sophomore season is counted, Concienne also rushed for over 1,000 yards in his high school career.

Concienne had other schools interested in him but he never really thought about any of them except playing for the Battlin' Bears.

"My brother told me they were interested in me, but I didn't believe him for a while," Concienne said. "It wasn't until I visited the campus and talked to the coaches that I learned they were serious about it."

He will redshirt the 2008 season most likely and then he hopes to play quarterback in 2009. That's his desire anyway, but he said the coaches believe he is athletic enough to play almost any position.

Rocky Mountain College is a NAIA DvisionI school and plays in the Frontier league. The Battlin' Bears finished 4-7 last year.

He said his goals are to improve every year and he's excited to play football with his brother again.

"I thought my sophomore year was the last time playing with him," he recalled.

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