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Fourth-quarter magic keeps Montana Western atop Frontier Conference standings

Posted at 6:13 PM, Oct 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-10 22:09:35-04

DILLON – The Montana Western Bulldogs continue to keep shaking up the Frontier Conference.

First, they were predicted to finish seventh in the conference. Now, they sit tied for first with seventh-ranked Southern Oregon.

The Bulldogs (4-1) have made their share of mistakes in every game they’ve played so far, but the fourth quarter seems to be their saving grace. They’ve outscored opponents 78-7 and have a plus-five turnover margin in that final quarter.

“It seems like once guys settle in and say, ‘Oh, OK, yeah, I can do this.’ I mean, we’re not calling different plays. It’s exactly what we practiced,” said head coach Ryan Nourse. “And I think we need to do a better job as coaches to get our guys to feel more confident and be prepared to start out a game.”

“I just don’t know what it is, but we keep preaching and saying every day that, ‘Dogs always fight.’ The game’s never over,” said linebacker Riley Martello. “Doesn’t matter how much time is left on the clock, we’re going to keep on coming at you, we’re going to keep on playing ball.”

The Bulldogs play at home again this Saturday against Carroll College. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.