Headed to Montana

The SHSU (1-0) football team opened its season with a win last weekend, but the road to success seems to be getting bumpier as the team prepares to match up against a strong University of Montana (1-1) team.The Montana Grizzlies started the season ranking third in the nation. This past weekend North Dakota State slipped by the Grizzlies, upsetting them 25-24 and dropping them to 12th in the nation. Looking to put the loss behind them, the Grizzlies plan to stick to their game plan and earn a little redemption after last week’s loss.”It’s going to be a tough challenge,” said Bearkat head coach Ron Randleman. “They are coming off an unusual loss, and they are a much better team than Midwestern.”The last time the two teams met was in 2001. The Grizzlies pulled off a huge 49-24 victory as they ousted the Kats from the playoffs. The Grizzlies still have a number of players that were on that team two years ago, including four defensive players and two offensive linemen.”They are definitely a power,” said Randleman. “They have a good quarterback, and they like to throw the ball a lot, it will be a good test for the defense.”The Bearkat defense definitely will be tested. Last week they were able to shut Midwestern State down. They held the offense to only 199 yards. Last year the defense on average allowed 200 rushing yards per game.There is no doubt that the Bearkat coaching staff will be looking to players like senior linebacker T.J. Dibble and junior defensive back Paul Donelson to have big games two weeks in a row.”We have been there before,” said Randleman. “They have a great crowd. You can barely hear anything. It should be a good experience for our young players.”With elements included, this weekend’s game against the Grizzlies will surely be tough. After beginning the season with a win, the young Bearkat team should come into the game motivated and enthusiastic. Montana is coming off a disappointing 25-24 loss to South Dakota State and will surely be looking for revenge. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

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