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Montana Western’s rise to top of Frontier continues to shock critics

Posted at 6:04 PM, Oct 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-14 20:02:55-04

DILLON – After their 30-10 win over Carroll College on Saturday, the No. 19 Montana Western Bulldogs find themselves sitting alone at the top of the Frontier Conference football standings, a position no one expected this season.

The Bulldogs were picked to finish seventh in the Frontier Conference preseason polls. With their great season unfolding, head coach Ryan Nourse offered an explanation as to why the Bulldogs are in this position.

“I think our kids are smart football players,” he said. “They’re seeing stuff on the sideline, and they’re coming back, our coaches are doing a great job of coaching our guys all the way through the game. I don’t believe the hay is the barn … and (Sunday) we’ll get back to work. We’re going to coach these guys right up to the end. I mean, that’s a credit to our entire staff and our kids: They just work and work and work.”

The Bulldogs have outscored opponents 92-7 and have a plus-seven turnover margin in fourth quarters this season, proving that games are won and lost in the 15 minutes.