BUTTE — The last time Montana Tech and College of Idaho squared off this season the Yotes came out of Butte with a 28-14 win in the opening game of the season for the Orediggers.
But coming off a huge 35-12 win over then-No. 15 Montana Western, momentum is riding high for Montana Tech. The defense shut down the top passing offense in the Frontier Conference and now gears up for the top running offense in the league. First-year offensive coordinator Kyle Samson has the Digger offense firing on all cylinders despite the loss of senior running back Jed Fike. They'll need everyone to play their A game as they rematch with 8th-ranked College of Idaho in Caldwell. This time around head coach Chuck Morrell and his team know what has to be done in order to bring back home a big win.
“We got to be physical, there’s no doubt about it. That’s how they play. We’ve got to, at a minimum, match that physicality and then we just have to play clean football, you know, A to Z," said Morrell. "I think turnovers and those types of things will have a big impact on the outcome of this game.”
“We definitely have to stop the big plays. I mean, COI here had multiple big plays where it just killed us right off the bat," said junior safety Justin May. "If we can stop their run and make them throw the ball against us, I think we’re going to be fine.”
The Yotes and Diggers kick off at 1 p.m. Saturday.