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MSU-Northern football opens Andrew Rolin era with win over Mayville State

Posted at 4:45 PM, Aug 25, 2018

HAVRE — If Saturday was an example of what the MSU-Northern football team is capable of under first-year head coach Andrew Rolin, then Lights fans have reason to be excited about the future.

Northern topped Mayville State 49-20 for its first win of the season and the first of the Rolin era. The Lights jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, heading to halftime with a 35-14 lead.

“No doubt a special moment,” Rolin offered with a smile before returning to coach mode. “Not satisfied. We were a little sloppy. Too many foolish penalties. We’re going to shore those up. But the feeling now is exciting for our team, for our staff and what we’ve done. But we have to take the next step as a team, though.”

Junior tailback Jett Robertson starred early, scoring four first-half touchdowns behind a stout offensive line and shedding several tackles. It was Robertson’s first game since 2016 after missing the entire 2017 season with a back injury.

“I felt great, I felt like we worked as one,” Robertson said. “Big shoutout to our offensive line. They did all the work (Saturday). But it just felt good coming out here in our first game, getting a couple big yards and getting a W.”

Next up for the Lights is a home game against No. 20 Rocky Mountain College. The Bears defeated Carroll College 19-0 on Thursday.

“We got to get our scouting report, and take the coaching every day,” said sophomore linebacker Jaren Maki. “We just have to come out prepared and ready to rock and roll, because that’s what Rolin does, is get us rolling.”

For more on MSU-Northern’s big win, click here.

Andrew Rolin shakes hands with his assistant coaches before the opening kickoff. (TOM WYLIE/MTN Sports)