BILLINGS – Jason Petrino has been waiting for Saturday for six months.

The first-year Rocky Mountain College head coach will make his debut in Havre against MSU-Northern. That’s a change from the last two seasons when Rocky opened at Dickinson State, but on paper this would seem to be a good way to ease Petrino into his new role.

The Lights were 0-11 last season after finishing 3-8 the year before that. On top of that, the Battlin’ Bears took both meetings in 2015, scoring a total of 84 points in those contests. But this group isn’t interested in the past.

“It doesn’t matter, all that stuff doesn’t matter,” said Petrino. “We just have to control what we control and that’s we want – to get better every single day, and we control that with our attitude and our enthusiasm, our effort. Improve ourselves and do everything we can to get better and to get our first win.”

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Defensive tackle Seth Swandal echoed his new leader’s sentiments.

“It’s always a battle going up and playing against the Northern Lights, so we’re excited to get to that and see everyone at the games.”

“We’re excited to go up to Northern,” said starting quarterback Chase White. “We know they’ve improved a lot over the spring and they’re looking forward to seeing us and we’re just excited for the challenge.”