KALISPELL — The Montana Grizzlies have been in pads for about a month now leading up to the spring football finale, the annual Spring Game. Saturday, Montana will take the field at Legends Stadium for the first Spring Game in Kalispell since 2006.
Ahead of the showcase head coach Bobby Hauck talked about the importance of getting the younger guys live looks and how nice it’ll be to be back in the Flathead Valley.
“I’ll say it one more time, the only way to get better is play,” said the coach. “And so, primarily for our young players, it’ll be productive, but for some of the veteran guys, we would like to see them get out of it healthy. Again, most of our team isn’t fitting into that category, so getting a chance to play live another time is good.”
“The glass is half full here, so a chance for us to kind of practice playing on the road,” Hauck added. “And when you get to do it in a place like Kalispell, which a lot of us consider a second home — we have a lot of Griz fans up in that area, a lot of them, thousands of them make the trip down here in every fall to go to games — so it’s kind of nice for us to return the favor and go up there to play.”
The Griz may have ended on a bitter note in 2018, but they seem ready to move into 2019 with a full head of steam. We’ll see how they look at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Legends Stadium.