DILLON – The Montana Western Bulldogs proved last week that they can play on the road and win in hostile environments, defeating Carroll College 16-10.
“We’re feeling pretty confident after beating Carroll,” said quarterback Jon Jund. “Coming into (Montana State-Northern), home-field advantage is always nice. It’s going to be nice playing against a team at home.”
Home-field advantage can often be the difference between winning and losing a game, but head coach Ryan Nourse saw a lot a positives in his team’s first road game of the season.
“I think the things we liked out of the game that were the positives was, we took care of the ball on offense, made wise decisions with it, protected it, and defensively we created turnovers,” Nourse said. “We got three takeaways in that game, and I thought we played fairly smart.”
Now the Bulldogs have to set their eyes on a new prize, a win against MSU-Northern on Saturday. Jund said that the Skylights’ defense will give the Bulldogs all they can handle.
“We need to be aware of picking up blitzes,” Jund said. “They bring guys off the edge, we need to be aware to pick that up, the cornerback blitz and the wolf blitz off the edge.”
Winning is always the goal every time the Montana Western Bulldogs step on the field, but Saturday’s game comes with a little bit more of an incentive. It marks the 30th anniversary of the Bulldogs bringing back a football program.
“We got a lot of guys coming back this weekend who are proud Bulldogs and are really eager to celebrate all the stuff we’ve done for the last 30 years,” Nourse said. “Our guys are very cognizant of their role and their duty in terms of that tradition.”