BILLINGS – The first outcome hurt. And though it was more than a month ago, the Rocky Mountain College football team admits it’s still smarting from it.
College fans searching for action on Saturday can settle in for a top-20 showdown in Billings between the Battlin’ Bears and visiting Montana Western.
RMC enters at No. 13 while the Bulldogs are No. 16 despite winning the a down-to-the-wire early season matchup, 24-21.
Rocky led the Sept. 15 thriller in Dillon with less than a minute to play, but Western punched in for the game-winning score with 32 seconds on the clock. Rocky’s desperation pass from mid-field was broken up as time expired.
“We want our revenge,” said Bears safety Keenan Fagan. “We definitely have had a chip on our shoulder since that game. We let one go, we feel like.”
“Oh man, it’s a big game, a real big one, and we’re excited for it,” said Bears receiver Taylor Schwartz. “It kind of reminds us of the Southern Oregon game in a way. It’s a huge opportunity for us to play the top of the conference this late in the season and get a shot at them.”
If Rocky (6-2, 5-2) wins the rematch, there could be a tie atop the Frontier Conference standings with the Bulldogs (6-1, 6-1) and Eastern Oregon (5-2, 5-2).
Saturday’s kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Herb Klindt Field.
“Right now, they’re in the throne and we’re trying to dethrone them,” said Fagan.