MILES CITY — For Andrew Selle and Mark Desin, the prospect of playing on the same team is something they have both looked forward to for many years.
Now that it's a reality, Selle, of Billings West, and Desin, of Billings Senior, are hoping everything goes according to plan.
Selle and Desin will team up on Saturday for Montana in the 13th annual Knights of Columbus Badlands Bowl at Miles City's Denton Field.
Montana leads the annual all-star series vs. North Dakota by a 9-3 count. The Montana squad will be looking to avenge North Dakota's 52-29 win last year which snapped Montana's eight-game win streak.
Having two of the best quarterbacks in the state on the same team is a treat for Montana coach Paul Klaboe and his staff, but there's just one question.
Who will take the snaps?
"We'll have them alternate, one will play two series and the other will play two series," said Klaboe, the longtime head coach at Billings West.
"It's fun having these guys together. They're both great guys and it's fun working with both of them."
Through the eighth grade, Selle and Desin competed with one another on the same teams before parting ways at the high school level.
In high school, they locked horns in some epic battles, including twice in the State AA semifinals when West and Senior clashed.
But in this game, they'll look to help the Montana All-Stars in a variety of ways.
"Mark's such a great athlete. He's so dangerous," said Selle, who guided West to a 22-2 record in his two years as a starter, including a 13-0 mark and a state title in 2005. "He'll beat you with his arm and he'll beat you with his legs. You really have to contain him."
North Dakota will have to do that in more ways than one.
When Selle is playing quarterback on Saturday, Desin is expected to see some time at the wide receiver position due to his uncanny athleticism.
Desin, who threw for over 9,000 yards at Senior while setting a Montana all-class passing record, has admittedly been under a little pressure to learn Klaboe's offense in such a short amount of time, but is getting comfortable as time has gone along.
"I'm not going to lie, it hasn't been the easiest thing in the world," Desin said. "But we've had a number of practices and film sessions, so I'm getting it. We're looking pretty good out here."
At Senior, Desin took a big majority of his snaps from the shotgun formation. In Klaboe's system, Desin has had to find the ease of lining up under center.
"Seriously, it has taken some getting used to this week," he said with a grin. "Of course I've done it before, but never this much at once. It's a little different, but something you can get used to over time."
Selle's practice time this week has been easier. Already well-schooled in the offensive scheme, Selle's goal has been to remain sharp and to help Desin become more comfortable.
On offense, the Montana All-Stars feel they are potent enough to execute a few big plays and rely on a defense that is quick and hard-hitting.
The team hopes to avenge a 53-23 loss last year to North Dakota, which snapped an 8-game Montana winning streak in this series.
"They say defense wins championships, and it's the truth," Selle said. "As long as our defense performs well, I feel our offense is good enough to put up three or four touchdowns for us to win."
In the fall, Selle and Desin will become rivals again. Selle has inked to play at the University of Montana, while Desin will head to Montana State.
Both are eager to begin the next chapter of their respective football careers, but also hope to seize the opportunity of relying on one another this weekend.
"It's been a lot of fun to play with him again," Selle said. "We played together for a lot of years, and we played well together."
"It's great having Andrew around," added Desin. "He's a good friend, and he does a great job of making everyone around him better."