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jor Ali and MSU-N’s Jett Robertson are also in the Top 20 in the NAIA in total rushing. On the defensive side of the ball, the usual suspects are at it again, with Rocky’s Ryder Rice tallying 6.5 sacks already, and Keenan Fagan grabbing three interceptions. UMWestern linebacker Jason Ferris already has 50 stops, and is ranked third in the NAIA in tackles per game, while Montana Tech’s Connor Wines is once again wreaking havoc with four sacks as well. Big Games When Frontier play resumes Oct. 6, it will do so with a pair of season-defining games. Montana Tech visits Western that day, and it’s essentially an elimination game. Also, Southern Oregon travels to Rocky, in what is a must-win for the Bears. That game looked like the biggest game in the NAIA a few weeks ago, but now, it’s become a do-ordie contest for Rocky’s playoff hopes, while for SOU it’s a game the Raiders look to just their season rolling. MSU-Northern also has a big game that night. The Lights will play under the lights of Blue Pony Stadium, when they host Eastern Oregon. The Mounties are heating up offensively, while the Lights have struggled on the defensive side of the ball. But Northern is hoping an electric atmosphere in Havre is just what it needs to get back on track.

College of Idaho's Darisu James-Peterson was named Frontier Offensive Player of the Week. Peterson is a 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior quarterback from Novato, California. In College of Idaho’s 41-42 home conference loss to No. 23 Rocky Mountain College, Peterson was 15 of 26 passing for 233 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He rushed for 179 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries. He set a school record with six touchdowns in a single game. Peterson is just the third C of I player to surpass the 2,000-yard rushing mark in his career. SOU's Tyson Cooper was named Defensive Player of the Week. Cooper is 6-foot, 205-pound, senior linebacker from Gresham, Oregon. In No. 3 Southern’s 27-0 road conference shutout over Carroll College, Cooper recorded five solo tackles, one tackle for loss (-0.5), four assisted tackles and an interception. Southern Oregon recorded their first shutout since 2003. EOU's Nathan Harden is the Frontier Special Team Player of the Week. Harden is a 6-foot, 185-pound, senior kicker from Graham, Washington. In Eastern Oregon’s triple overtime 54-51 home conference win over No. 22 Montana Western, he was 6 for 6 in PATs and 4 of 5 in field goals. Harden also punted seven times for 315 yards.posite directions. UM-Western, picked seventh in the Frontier Coaches Poll, is off to a fast start, beating

Carroll and Northern to open the season. The preseason pick isn’t the only reason Western has been a surprise thus far, it’s been the play of a pair of new starters on offense. Last year, Western quarterback Bennett Gibson threw for over 3,000 yards and running back Hunter Thomsen rushed for over 900. Both graduated in the spring, and, it figured to have a lasting effect on the Bulldog offense. Wrong. So far this fall, Western is leading the Frontier in scoring at 36 ppg, and is second in total offense. Sophomore quarterback Jon Jund has been outstanding thus far, and the Bulldogs are rushing by committee, and it’s working, after they plowed over Northern to the tune of 340 yards last Saturday night. Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum is the College of Idaho. The Yotes were a sexy pick to contend for the Frontier title this season, but, a pair of close, early-season losses by the less than a touchdown, and a difficult loss to Montana Tech, has left C of I at 0-3 in the Frontier to start the year. And it doesn’t get any easier, as the Yotes step out of conference play, and go way, way up to play Big Sky Conference member Portland State this Saturday. Unless C of I pulls off a miracle in Portland, the Yotes are going to be 0-4 before September is even over, and, with that, the only chance they have to make the playoffs is to somehow win the Frontier title outright. Bounce Back Give Rocky Mountain head coach Jason Petrino and his Battlin’ Bears a ton of credit. One week ago, RMC was riding high, 2-0 and headed for greatness. Then comes the news

the Bears were forced to forfeit their seasonopening win over Carroll College, and that news came just days before the Bears were set to host 13th-ranked Dickinson State in a huge non-conference clash in Billings. A situation like that could have derailed Rocky, but instead, the Bears bucked down, and rode a hard-nosed defense to a 21-10 win over the Blue Hawks at Herb Klindt Field. The forfeit of the Carroll game could have certainly hurt Rocky against the resurgent Blue Hawks, but, RMC focused and got the job done. And while the damage could be felt later in the season, if Rocky comes down to being tied for the league title, for this week anyway, all is back to normal in Billings. Frontier Honors Southern Oregon's Rey Vega was named Frontier Offensive Player of the Week. Vega, a 5-10, 205-pound running back from Modesto, California, rushed for 158 yards and two touchddowns in SOU's win over C of I last Saturday. Eastern Oregon's Justin Hughes was named Frontier Defensive Player of the Week. He is a 5-10, 185-pound defensive back from Longdale, Nevada. In EOU's loss to Montana Tech, Hughes had 13 tackles and an interception. Mark Karachenko of UM-Western was named Frontier Special Teams Player of the Week. He is a 6-4, 180-pound kicker from Colville, Washington. In Western's 55-3 win over Northern, he was 7-gor-7 on PAT's and made two 23-yard field goals.

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson MSU-Northern's Jett Robertson is among the top three rushers in the Frontier Conference. Robertson and the Lights come out of their bye week, and will host the Eastern Oregon Mounties Saturday night at Blue Pony Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.


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Pride for both sides of the Border Too much parity in the Frontier? Northern senior Seth Roemmele grew up playing a different brand of football. Now though, he's a proud Canadian playing college football in the states George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor gferguson@havredailynews.com Havre is just 40 miles from the Canadian border. But no matter how close Canada and the United States are in relation to Havre, and Montana State University-Northern, when it comes to football, the two countries are worlds apart. No one probably knows that better right

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now than MSU-N senior wide receiver Seth Roemmele. And that’s because he’s played both. Football in Canada is a 12-man game, as compared to 11-man football, but, it’s not only the rules that are much different, the popularity is too. In Canada, hockey is, and will always be king. In America, hockey certainly is popular, but it doesn’t come close to how highly thought of the game of football is. Again, no one knows that better than Roemmele, who came to Northern five years ago out of Willow Creek High School in Claresholm, Alberta. “The difference football-wise are pretty big,” Roemmele said. “Obviously, 12-man football is a lot different, but I also came here from a really small school. My graduating class only had 80 kids, so I went from not only a different kind of football, but I went from being a big fish in a small pond at

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The Frontier Conference has reached the bye week. And it’s unusual because every single team in the league has the week off. So, with most teams having played four or even five games thus far, it’s time to review where we’re at. And here’s the first thing that’s becoming clear as we head into October — the Frontier is probably once again only going to get one team in the NAIA playoffs. Is it a done deal? No. But, it looks like that’s where the league is headed. Southern Oregon is once again the only team left with a chance to be undefeated. Meanwhile, UMWestern and Montana Tech each have one loss, but the Orediggers and Bulldogs haven’t played each other yet, so one of them is going to have at least two losses on its resume after Oct. 6. Then there’s the curious cases of Rocky Mountain College and Carroll College. The two met in the season-opener, a game domi-

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Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson Montana State University-Northern senior Seth Roemmele goes up for a catch during a 2016 Frontier Conference football game between the Lights and the UM-Western Bulldogs in Havre. Roemmele has played a ton of snaps in his four years as a Light, but, more importantly than snaps, he says it's the pride and passion he feels for being a Canadian-born football player playing college football in the United States. Roemmele hails from a small high school in southern Alberta, where he grew up playing hockey, but, also fell in love with football, including both Canadian rules football, and the football played in America. Roemmele and the Lights return to action this Saturday when they host the Eastern Oregon Mounties at 6 p.m. inside Blue Pony Stadium.

MSU-Northern Lights vs Eastern Oregon Mounties Montana State University-Northern

2017 record: 1-10, 0-10 Head coach: Andrew Rolin

Location: Havre, Mont.

Stadium: Blue Pony Stadium

Nickname: Lights

Streak: Saturday night's game between the Lights and EOU will be the thirs straight night game in the series. They met in Havre in Oct. 2016

Colors: Maroon and Yellow 2018 record: 0-4, 1-5

Saturday, October 6, 2018 Blue Pony Stadium ~ 6 p.m. Eastern Oregon Location: LaGrande, Ore. Nickname: Mounties Colors: Navy and Gold 2018 record: 2-2, 2-2

2017 record: 4-6, 4-6 Head coach: Tim Camp Stadium: Community Stadium Streak: The Mounties are riding a six-game winning streak against the Lights coming into Saturday night's game.

nated by Rocky 19-0. However, the Bears used an ineligible player, and they later forfeited the victory. Now, Rocky is 2-2 in the Frontier and had to barely squeak by winless College of Idaho last week to get there. On the other hand, the forfeit could have given the Fighting Saints a big boost, and for a time, it did. But, last Saturday, Carroll was shut out at home by SOU. So, now Rocky and Carroll each have two losses in Frontier play, meaning, the only way either one has a chance at the playoffs at this point is to run the table, and since they, too, still have to play each other, there’s only a chance for one of them to do that. Eastern Oregon has also climbed back to 2-2 this season, and running the table could get the Mounties in the playoffs, but they still have a road trip to

SOU looming, so even that seems unlikely. No, for yet another year, it just looks like there’s too much parity in the Frontier. In a way, that’s a great thing because the league is so highly respected. It’s really hard to win in the Frontier, and it’s really, really hard to win a Frontier championship. But as it relates to the playoffs, it’s been a big negative for the league because by the time everybody’s done beating the stuffing out of each other in November, no one is left with a strong enough resume to earn an at-large bid to the playoffs, and that’s something the conference really needs to figure out how to fix at this point. Every year, there’s at least one, sometimes two teams in the Frontier that are

Today in the Frontier Conference RV Eastern Oregon University Mounties (2-2, 2-2)

At Montana State University-Northern Lights (0-4, 1-4) Carroll College (2-2, 3-2) at College of Idaho (0-4, 0-5) in Caldwell, Idaho

#20 Montana Tech (3-1, 3-1) at #22 UM-Western (3-1, 3-1) in Dillon

#2 Southern Oregon (4-0, 4-0) at #21 Rocky Mountain Collee (2-2, 3-2_ in Billings

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undoubtedly one of the 16-best teams in the country, but they don’t get in the playoffs. And while it’s only the end of September, it looks like that’s exactly what’s going to happen to the Frontier in 2018. Stars So far, there’s been a lot of exciting games and performances around the Frontier, and here’s a few names that are really making some noise. Montana Tech junior Jed Fike is ninth in the NAIA in rushing, averaging 125 yards per game. Fike had a breakout season a year ago, and he’s at it again this fall. Teammate Dion Williams is also No. 11 in the country in receptions with 27. Perhaps nobody is having a bigger breakout season than EOU’s Kai Quinn. He’s currently third in the NAIA in passing, at 330 yards per game, and he’s third in total offense as well. SOU’s Rey Vega, Carroll’s Ma-

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2018 Frontier Conference Preseason Coaches Poll 1. Southern Oregon; 2. Rocky Mountain; T3. Montana Tech; T3. College of Idaho; 5. Carroll College; 6. Eastern Oregon; 7. UM-Western; 8. MSU-Northern Havre Daily News Frontier Conference Week 6 Power Rankings 1. Southern Oregon 2. Montana Tech 3. Rocky Mountain College 4. UM-Western 5. Eastern Oregon 6. Carroll College T7. College of Idaho T7. MSU-Northern


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Lights look ahead to the second half George Ferguson

Southern Oregon UM-Western Montana Tech Rocky Mountain Carroll College Eastern Oregon MSU-Northern College of Idaho

Havre Daily News sports editor gferguson@havredailynews.com The bye week is over. And now it’s back to the gridiron for the young Montana State University-Northern Lights. Northern starts the second half of head coach Andrew Rolin’s first season at the helm Saturday night when the Lights host Eastern Oregon in a night game at Blue Pony Stadium. And while the Mounties will be a tough opponent, and, Northern has lost four straight Frontier Conference games, Rolin has seen plenty of improvements in his young squad. “Throughout the year, I think we’ve been getting better and better at learning how to compete,” Rolin said. “Slowly but surely, our guys are figuring out what it takes to compete at this level, and win at this level. I know we’re not where we want to be, but I’ve seen this team take huge strides throughout the season.” And those strides should pay off in the future, considering the fact that the Lights have just six seniors, and are playing twice as many freshman and sophomores as they are upperclassmen. So, with the leadership of those seniors, Rolin has also seen his young roster grow by leaps and bounds. “We’ve asked a lot of young guys to step up this year,” Rolin said. “And those guys are getting better and better every week, and because of that, I think our team is getting better every week. It’s a process, and it’s going to play off.” A process no doubt, and the progress, at least in terms of the scoreboard and the stats, may be somewhat slow. So far this season, the Lights are averaging just 16 points per game, but they do rank higher up in the front in total yards and passing, offensively. Tommy Wilson has started every game for the Lights, throwing for 1, 083 yards and four touchdowns. He’s also only thrown four interceptions thus far, while rushing for two scores. Wilson’s top receiver so far has been sophomore Bryce Bumgardner, who has 23 catches for 327 yards. On the ground, Jett Robertson has been slowed some as of late, but. He’s still having a big season. Robertson averages 82 yards a game, which is third in the Frontier. Defensively, Northern is even younger than it is on offense, and at times, it’s shown. The Lights allow a Frontier-worst 42 points per contest. The Lights have also struggled against the run, allowing 242 yards per game, and, MSU-N has also only come up with four sacks so far in 2018, and five turnovers. Chase Gilbert leads the Northern defense with 36 tackles and two INTs, while Caymus Thomas has 35 tackles and Jaren Maki has 32. “I think the two biggest areas we need to improve in are, one, we have to stop the run better,” Rolin said. “We’ve got improve on playing gap-sound football. We’ve got to do a better job of stopping the run. And two, we have to be better in the redzone offensively.

Frontier Conference Standings Conf. Overall WL WL

4-0 3-1 3-1 2-2 2-2 2-2 0-4 0-4

4-0 3-1 3-1 3-2 3-2 2-2 1-4 0-5

Saturday MSU-Northern vs Eastern Oregon Carroll College at College of Idaho Montana Tech at UM-Western Southern Oregon at Rocky Mountain Saturday, Oct. 13 MSU-Northern vs Rocky Mountain Carroll College at UM-Western College of Idaho at Montana Tech Eastern Oregon at Southern Oregon

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NAIA Coaches Poll Rec. Pts. Prv. 13 Langston (Okla.) 3-1 181 1 Morningside (Iowa) 5-0 364 14 Concordia (Mich.) 4-1 180 2 Southern Oregon [2] 4-0 352 15 Georgetown (Ky.) 3-2 161 3 Marian (Ind.) [1] 4-0 336 16 Dickinson State 4-1 145 4 Northwestern (Iowa) 5-0 322 17 Baker (Kan.) 3-2 137 5 Saint Francis (Ind.) 4-1 311 18 Cumberlands (Ky.) 5-1 130 6 Reinhardt (Ga.) 4-1 285 19 Arizona Christian 5-0 128 7 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 3-1 284 20 Montana Tech 3-1 124 8 Evangel (Mo.) 6-0 277 21 Rocky Mountain 3-2 70 9 Grand View (Iowa) 3-1 249 22 Montana Western 3-1 60 10 Bethel (Tenn.) 5-0 231 23 Siena Heights 4-0 47 11 Kansas Wesleyan 5-0 224 24 Southeastern (Fla.) 3-2 38 12 Benedictine (Kan.) 4-1 200 25 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 4-1 24 Others receiving votes: Midland (Neb.) 21, Webber International (Fla.) 15, Avila (Mo.) 9, Eastern Oregon 8, Ottawa (Kan.) 7, Doane (Neb.) 4, Saint Xavier (Ill.) 3.

Frontier Conference Individual Leaders Through Week 5

Passing: Kai Quinn, EOU, 331 ypg Receiving: Brendan Kelly, EOU, 161 ypg Receptions: Brendan Kelly, EOU, 7 cpg Rushing: Jed Fike, MT, 122 ypg Tackles: Jason Ferris, UM-W, 49 Sacks: Ryder Rice, RMC, 6.5 sacks INT's: Zack Jacobs, EOU, 4 ints

2018 Lights Coaching Staff Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson Bryce Bumgardner is leading the Montana State University-Northern Lights in receiving this season. The Lights, and the rest of the Frontier Conference had last week off. Northern will return to the field Saturday night when the Lights host Eastern Oregon. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. inside Blue Pony Stadium. We’ve had opportunities to put points on the board the last couple of games, and we haven’t done it. We have to put the ball in endzone more.” And while the Lights certainly have things to do, clean up and get better at as the season goes on, Rolin also sees the progress his young team his making, and he believes that progress is going to pay dividends. “We’re getting better,” Rolin said. “I see it in our guys. We’re not satisfied. We’re not happy with where we’re at. But our guys have improved so much. This team has gotten so much better, and with the great attitude they have, they’re going to keep getting better, and it’s eventually going to show up on the scoreboard.”

breakout spring for the Lights, and his season-ending injury thinned out a young Northern WR group. And to compound that, three games into the season, Northern lost senior WR Fotios Jordanoglou to a season-ending foot injury. Through three games, Jordanoglou had already caught 10 balls and scored a touchdown, and was not only Northern’s most experienced WR, but, easily its most explosive playmaker in the passing game. Defensively, Northern senior linebacker Andrew Morgan has also missed several games, but, he’s expected to return at some point this season.

Injuries

The Lights have six games left this season, starting with EOU Saturday night. The Mounties come to Havre having won two straight, and are the No. 1 passing team in the Frontier Conference. Following Saturday night’s game, Northern starts the second half of the schedule with a rematch with Rocky Mountain College. The

One thing Northern has had to endure this season, is some critical injuries, including two big season-enders. The Lights lost red-shirt freshman wide receiver Jake Horner, who was projected to be a starter, early in fall camp. Horner had a

Looking Ahead

Lights lost to the Battlin’ Bears 51-7 at Blue Pony Stadium. The trip to RMC is the first of three straight rematches for the Lights, who host UM-Western Oct. 20. Northern lost in Dillon 55-3 last month. On Oct. 27, the Lights travel to Helena to take on Carroll College. Carroll beat the Lights 32-14 last month in Havre. The Carroll game is the first of Northern’s only back-to-back road trip of the season. On Nov. 3, Northern heads to Southern Oregon for a showdown with the first-place Raiders, before coming home to wrap up the regular season against College of Idaho Nov. 10. This season marks the fourth straight time the Lights and Yotes have finished the season against each other. And one final note on Northern’s secondhalf schedule, the Lights will four of their final six games against teams currently ranked in the NAIA Coaches Poll. That means, that of Northern’s 11 games this season, the Lights will have played seven games against nationally-ranked teams by the team the season is over.

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson The 2018 Montana State University-Northern coaching staff includes, Andrew Rolin, Head Coach; Jake Chestnut, Defensive Coordinator; Jonathan Amosa, Running Backs/Tight Ends/Strength and Conditioning; CJ Robertson, Offensive Line/Run Game; Ray Clark, Defensive Backs; John Kocurek, Wide Receivers/ Recruiting; James Amos, Tight Ends; Ollie Ogbu, Defensive Line.

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Eastern Oregon Defensive Starters

MSU-N 2018 Offensive Numbers

EOU 2018 Defensive Numbers

Scoring: 16 ppg, 7th in Frontier Total offense: 335 ypg, 6th in Frontier

Seth Roemelle #88, 6-0, 190 Receiver

Isaiah Richie #29, 5-9, 170 Cornerback

Passing: 232 ypg, 4th in Frontier

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MSU-Northern Defensive Starters

EOU 2018 Offensive Numbers

MSU-N 2018 Defensive Numbers

Scoring: 32 ppg, 6th in Frontier

Scoring: 42 ppg, last in Frontier

Total defense: 355 ypg, 5th in Frontier

Total defense: 533 ypg, last in Frontier

Pass defense: 230 ypg, 5th in Frontier

Pass defense: 284 ypg, 7th in Frontier

Scoring: 28 ppg, 4th in Frontier

Rolin was hired in December of 2017. He is the fourth fulltime head coach of the Lights since the school reintroduced football. Before coming to Northern he had coaching stops at San Diego, Washington, San Jose State and Libby. Rolin played QB at San Diego. He is a native of Rancho Cordova, California.

Dylan Schmidt #74, 6-3, 270 Offensive line

Tommy Wilson #22, 6-1, 205 Quarterback

Darius Alexander-Jones #53, 6-3, 280 Offensive line

Sage Delong #92, 6-5, 255

Defensive line

Zach Lacey #93, 6-2, 265

Defensive line

Trenton Woodward #56, 6-4, 265 Offensive line

Chase Van Wyck #41, 6-2, 245 Defensive line

Garret Devos #47, 6-0, 195 Linebacker

Passing: 331 ypg, 1st in Frontier

Ostin Welch #26, 6-2, 170 Safety

Morgan McCrary #8, 5-10, 190 Safety

Tyler Pallas #92, 6-0, 245 Defensive tackle

Jaren Maki

#47, 6-2, 215 Linebacker

Justin Pfeifer #55, 6-0, 285 Defensive line

Colten Alefteras #65, 5-11, 275 Center

Marvin Williams #19, 5-10, 155 Receiver

Kai Quinn #6, 6-0, 210 Quarterback

Victor Dias #44, 5-8, 210 Running back

Luke Thomas #77, 6-5, 265 Offensive line

Eli Teuteu #45, 5-9, 200 Linebacker

Jake Norby #31, 6-2, 200 Linebacker

Jay Vance #10, 6-2, 225 Linebacker

Alec Yangous #55, 6-4, 285 Offensive line T.J. Hancock

#9, 5-10, 175 H-Back

Josh Finley #22, 6-0, 200 Linebacker

Diego Morales #43, 5-8, 175 Kicker

Tim Camp EOU Head Coach

P.J. Schubert #69, 6-3, 290 Offensive line

ChaseGilbert #49, 6-0, 215 Linebacker

Gunnar Blix #10, 5-11, 235 Linebacker

Ryan Handley #73, 6-4, 275 Offensive line

Gabe Giacci #90, 6-3. 230 Tight end

Jared Eisenbarth #80, 6-1, 205 Tight end Sam Tapia #89, 6-0, 180 Punter

B.J. Hatcher #94, 6-3, 205 Defensive end

Justin Hughes #7, 5-10, 190 Safety Wyatt McKinlay #44, 6-0, 210 Fullback

Total offense: 441 ypg, 2nd in Frontier

Mick Wilson #79, 6-5, 285 Offensive line

Zach Jacobs #28, 6-0, 195 Safety

Jett Robertson #2, 5-11, 195 Running Back

Brendan Kelly #8, 6-2, 200 Receiver

Caymus Thomas #13, 5-11, 165 Cornerback

Clint Willis #75, 6-7, 300 Offensive line

Andrew Rolin MSU-N Head Coach

Eastern Oregon Offensive Starters

Devariej Criss #34, 5-9, 175 Corner Haziel Ladezma #5, 6-0, 190 Cornerback

Domerico Chavez #89, 6-0, 185 Receiver

Nate Harden

#17, 6-0, 180 Kicker

Tim Camp became the EOU head football coach in February 2008. During his time at the helm, Camp has compiled an overall record of 57-43. On September 10, 2016 on the road against Montana Western, Camp became EOU's all-time winningest coach (49) with a 35-23 triumph. Prior to becoming the head coach at EOU, Camp served as an assistant coach for the Mountaineers for two seasons. In addition to being the offensive line coach, Camp was also the recruiting and camp coordinator.

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Elijah Harris DL Luke Thomas OL Jacob Banks DL Mick Wilson OL Perry Cosgriffe TE Brennan Pope WR Conner Falk TE Payton Whitaker WR George Balowski WR E’Lon Mack WR Cedric Riel WR Phoenix Millhollen WR Joey Gutierrez WR Domenico Chavez WR Gabe Giacci TE Marc Anthony Oribio DE Sage Delong DE Zach Lacey DL Zak Donato QB RJ Thorne DL Nick De Alba DL Tyler Utecht DL Kye Yraguen DL Trey Hornbuckle DL

Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown 6’5 6’5 6’2 6’5 6’4 6’3 6’2 5’4 5’10 5’11 5’8 6’3 5’9 6’0 6’2 5’10 6’5 6’1 6’3 6’2 6’2 6’2 5’9 6’3

225 285 260 285 230 210 230 160 170 205 175 200 185 185 220 250 255 260 200 270 280 260 280 250

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Grand Coulee, WA Lake Roosevelt HS Fruitland, ID (Weber State) Pendleton, OR Pendleton HS Council, ID Council HS Damascus, OR Clackamas HS Seattle, WA (Modesto Jr C) Emmett, ID Emmett HS Zillah, Wa Zillah HS Crane, OR Crane Union HS Vancouver, WA Heritage HS (Portland St) Kennewick, WA Kennewick HS Elwood, WA Adna HS Hermiston, OR Hermiston HS Heyburn, ID Minico HS (Azusa Pacific) Bend, OR Redmond HS Emmett, ID Emmett HS Vale, OR Vale HS Woodland, WA Woodland HS Selah, WA Selah HS Alexandria, VA (Boise State) Boise, ID Boise HS Rathdrum, ID Lakeland HS Vale, OR Vale HS Aloha, OR Aloha HS

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Jett Robertson RB Gary Carter DB Fotios Jordanoglou WR Jeff Tinae DB Wylie Novak DB Morgan McCrary DB Sam Mix WR Jay Vance DB Brenden Medina QB Caymus Thomas DB Bryce Bumgardner WR Bryce Missey QB Jake Horner WR Andrew Morgan LB Bennett Feinstein-Smith TE Marvin Williams WR Da’Jon Thomas WR Damien Nelson DB Tommy Wilson QB Samuel Brayboy RB Basie Desterfanis DB Ostin Welch DB Codi Small RB Connor Crawford RB Sam Tapia P Caleb Knoche DB James Beckett DB Andrew Trahan-ProctorRB Devariej Criss DB Derante Lamelle DL Cody Lucke FB Landon Taylor DB Kolby Steen LB Jared Craig DB Koby McCallum DB Peter Hamilton LB Diego Morales K Wyatt McKinlay FB Brandon Powell FB Eric Reyna DB Jaren Maki LB Chase Story LB Chase Gilbert LB Ian Sparrow DL Alec Wagner LB Darius Alexander-JonesOL Aaron Dolfay DL Justin Pfeifer DL Trenton Woodward OL Dax Miller LB Joe Fehr DL Joshua Hutchins OL Dale Cummings OL Colter Cyzmoniak DL Trevor Yuhas OL Spencer Colony OL Cisco Herrera OL Ryan Handley OL Dylan Schmidt OL Clint Willis OL Tevita Leetham OL Tenny Mauigon OL Jared Eisenbarth TE Keagan Stroop WR Charles Storey TE James Gilham WR Malick Touare WR Joe Mikkelsen TE David Evans TE

5-11 6-0 5-9 5-10 6-1 5-10 6-1 6-2 6-2 5-11 6-2 6-0 5-10 6-0 6-5 5-8 5-8 5-10 6-1 6-1 6-1 6-2 5-8 5-11 6-0 6-0 6-0 5-9 5-6 6-0 5-10 5-9 5-8 5-9 5-11 6-0 5-8 6-0 5-10 5-8 6-2 5-11 6-0 6-0 5-11 6-3 6-0 6-0 6-5 6-1 6-3 6-1 6-2 6-0 6-2 6-3 6-2 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-4 6-2 6-1 5-10 6-2 5-9 6-4 6-4 6-2

195 160 180 160 182 190 190 225 208 165 185 205 170 238 236 155 175 155 205 208 190 165 185 205 185 195 187 198 160 255 215 165 180 152 190 220 175 210 250 160 215 195 210 230 215 280 225 285 265 190 220 285 318 260 275 265 320 275 270 300 250 353 205 150 210 170 205 190 210

JR FR SR FR FR JR SR FR FR SO JR SO SO SR JR SO FR FR SR FR JR FR FR SO SR FR JR FR SO JR SO FR FR FR FR SO JR JR JR FR SO FR FR SO SR JR SO FR JR FR SO FR JR FR FR FR JR JR JR SR FR FR FR FR FR FR FR FR FR

Hometown Glendale, AZ Menlo Park, CA Ripon, CA Seattle, WA Cut Bank, MT Las Vegas, NV Sammamish, WA Fresno, CA Sebastopol, CA Spokane, WA Saint Helens, OR Spanaway, WA Great Falls, MT Waianae, HI Portland, OR Puyallup, WA San Diego, CA Great Falls, MT Fresno, CA Auburn, WA Fresno, CA Malta, MT Hardin, MT Missoula, MT Carlsbad, CA Forsyth, MT

Kirkland, WA Tacoma, WA San Francisco, CA Browning, MT Fort Benton, MT Chehalis, WA Laurel, MT Salem, OR Cut Bank, MT Pasadena, CA Geraldine, MT Sacramento, CA Kalispell, MT Belt, MT Roy, Utah Green Acres, WA Mesa, AZ Laurel, MT Gilroy, CA Portland, OR Cut Bank, MT Three Forks, MT Florence, MT Eureka, MT Puyallup, WA Cremona, AB Eureka, MT Great Falls, MT Fort Qu’Appellle, SK Madera, CA Missoula, MT Nine Mile Falls, WA Gardiner, MT West Jordan, UT Seattle, WA Woodinville, WA Belt, MT Hardin, MT Browning, MT Hardin, MT Brockton, MT Hardin, MT

No. Name 88 89 91 92 94 96 98 99

Seth Roemmele Jordan Pugh Connor Koker Tyler Pallas B.J. Hatcher Trendae Umi-Tuato’o Ronnie Chavez Jonathyn Jordan

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WR TE DL DL DL DL DL DL

6-1 6-5 5-11 6-0 6-3 5-11 6-2 6-3

185 225 230 245 205 290 245 205

SR JR SO SO FR FR SO FR

Hometown Claresholm, AB Tacoma, WA Spokane, WA Chehalis, WA Laurel, MT Auburn, WA Missoula, MT Snellville, GA

2018 Montana State University-Northern Football Staff Andrew Rolin, Head Coach Jake Chestnut, Defensive Coordinator Jonathan Amosa, Running Backs/Tight Ends/Strength and Conditioning CJ Robertson, Offensive Line/Run Game Ray Clark, Defensive Backs John Kocurek, Wide Receivers/Recruiting James Amos, Tight Ends Ollie Ogbu, Defensive Line

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home, to being a small fish in a pretty big pond playing college football in the states.” And yet, playing football in the states is what Roemmele wanted. And while he grew up, like most kids in Canada do, adoring and playing hockey, he always had his eye on playing two sports that are much higher-profile in America than they are north of the border. “I played hockey up into high school,” Roemmele said. “But I gave up hockey so I could play basketball in high school. In the winter, they overlapped and it was too hard to do both. But football is the sport I always liked the most.” And Roemmele, long before he was recruited to play for Northern by mark Samson, loved both brands of football growing up. “I’ve always been a huge fan of football, both in Canada and in the states,” he said. “I’ve always been a (Calgary) Stamps (Stampeders) fan, because I grew up just an hour away from Calgary. And my brother and I, we always liked the Green Bay Packers. We’re huge Aaron Rogers fans.” Of course, Roemmele also grew up loving hockey, and he admits, even the Canadian Football League takes a backseat to hockey in Canada. And yet, he never wavered on how much he loved to play football. “Hockey will always be king in Canada,” Roemmele

said. “That’s never going to change. But I think football has been getting bigger and bigger up here. It’s still not what it is in the states, especially at the high school level, but, the popularity of football is growing in Canada I think.” No, football in Canada isn’t on the same level as it is in the states, and that might be one reason why it’s often times difficult for a high school football player in Canada to be recruited by college programs in the states. And that’s why Roemmele said he, and players like him, who have came down to America to play a completely different brand of football, take so much pride in it. “In Canada, to be recruited by a college program from the states, it’s a huge honor,” Roemmele said. “It’s a really big deal, and it’s something I took very seriously.” No doubt, Roemmele has relished his time with the Lights. He red-shirted his freshman year, but ever since then, he’s been an important piece of Northern’s offense. Through the last four years, he’s played in 31 games and has 44 catches for 535 yards and two touchdowns. This season, Roemmele is a starter, and one of just seven se-

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Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson Montana State University-Northern's Seth Roemmele, left, looks to haul in a pass during a game against Mayville State back in August. Roemmele is a fifth-year senior for the Lights, and the only player on the roster currently, who hails from Canada.

niors for the Lights. He’s also one of just three remaining players from the last recruiting class Samson had at Northern. And while Roemmele’s stats aren’t eye-popping, the catches and yards haven’t mattered to him nearly as much as the fact that, he’s doing something not too many Canadian’s do, play college football in the capitol of the sport — America. “I’ve never really cared about my stats,” Roemmele said. “I actually thinking blocking downfield, and just doing whatever you can to help your team is the most important stat. If the balls don’t come my way, that’s OK. I’m going to do whatever I have to do out there to help my team.” There’s no question Roemmele has always been a team player. And that’s probably because he’s so appreciative of, and so proud of the opportunity he’s had. And while his time at Northern has seen the Lights go through some mighty struggles, he’s never wavered on his decision to play for the Lights, or how much he loves the game. “It’s been an amazing experience playing college football here, and going to school here,” he said. “The level of play was so much bigger and faster than I imagined. So I really had to grow and improve, and over the last five years, I think of done that. I’ve come a long way form where I was as a freshman five years ago. This ex-

perience has not only made me a better football player, but a better man. I’ve grown so much. Coming here to play football, it’s really made me who I am.” And who Roemmele is today, is someone who’s extremely proud of where he came from, and proud of what he’s doing now. He’s a shining example of how to follow your dreams. And even in tough times, he’s stayed positive, and true to who he is. “I’ve just worked as hard as I could, and tried to be the best teammate I could be,” Roemmele said. “I’ve always wanted to make sure I had as much fun as I could out there, because this is a great game, and not everyone gets this opportunity. So no matter what, I’ve always wanted to make sure I took advantage of the opportunity I’ve had.” Roemmele is right. Not everyone gets to play college football, and even fewer Canadians get that chance in America. However, with what he’s accomplished at Northern, given where he came from, he’s hoping he’s helping to change that too. “This is my last shot to play football, this season,” Roemmele said. “So I’m making the most out of it. But there are so many good players up there (Canada). College teams could find a lot of really good guys up there, and I’ve talked to Coach (Rolin) about it, and he’s looking for them up there now. So hopefully, we’ll see more Canadian guys get the same opportunity I did.”

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson Montana State University-Northern's Seth Roemmele makes a grab during a 2017 game against Southern Oregon in Havre. Roemmele says that, coming from Canada, and being recruited to play college football in America is a huge honor.

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home, to being a small fish in a pretty big pond playing college football in the states.” And yet, playing football in the states is what Roemmele wanted. And while he grew up, like most kids in Canada do, adoring and playing hockey, he always had his eye on playing two sports that are much higher-profile in America than they are north of the border. “I played hockey up into high school,” Roemmele said. “But I gave up hockey so I could play basketball in high school. In the winter, they overlapped and it was too hard to do both. But football is the sport I always liked the most.” And Roemmele, long before he was recruited to play for Northern by mark Samson, loved both brands of football growing up. “I’ve always been a huge fan of football, both in Canada and in the states,” he said. “I’ve always been a (Calgary) Stamps (Stampeders) fan, because I grew up just an hour away from Calgary. And my brother and I, we always liked the Green Bay Packers. We’re huge Aaron Rogers fans.” Of course, Roemmele also grew up loving hockey, and he admits, even the Canadian Football League takes a backseat to hockey in Canada. And yet, he never wavered on how much he loved to play football. “Hockey will always be king in Canada,” Roemmele

said. “That’s never going to change. But I think football has been getting bigger and bigger up here. It’s still not what it is in the states, especially at the high school level, but, the popularity of football is growing in Canada I think.” No, football in Canada isn’t on the same level as it is in the states, and that might be one reason why it’s often times difficult for a high school football player in Canada to be recruited by college programs in the states. And that’s why Roemmele said he, and players like him, who have came down to America to play a completely different brand of football, take so much pride in it. “In Canada, to be recruited by a college program from the states, it’s a huge honor,” Roemmele said. “It’s a really big deal, and it’s something I took very seriously.” No doubt, Roemmele has relished his time with the Lights. He red-shirted his freshman year, but ever since then, he’s been an important piece of Northern’s offense. Through the last four years, he’s played in 31 games and has 44 catches for 535 yards and two touchdowns. This season, Roemmele is a starter, and one of just seven se-

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Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson Montana State University-Northern's Seth Roemmele, left, looks to haul in a pass during a game against Mayville State back in August. Roemmele is a fifth-year senior for the Lights, and the only player on the roster currently, who hails from Canada.

niors for the Lights. He’s also one of just three remaining players from the last recruiting class Samson had at Northern. And while Roemmele’s stats aren’t eye-popping, the catches and yards haven’t mattered to him nearly as much as the fact that, he’s doing something not too many Canadian’s do, play college football in the capitol of the sport — America. “I’ve never really cared about my stats,” Roemmele said. “I actually thinking blocking downfield, and just doing whatever you can to help your team is the most important stat. If the balls don’t come my way, that’s OK. I’m going to do whatever I have to do out there to help my team.” There’s no question Roemmele has always been a team player. And that’s probably because he’s so appreciative of, and so proud of the opportunity he’s had. And while his time at Northern has seen the Lights go through some mighty struggles, he’s never wavered on his decision to play for the Lights, or how much he loves the game. “It’s been an amazing experience playing college football here, and going to school here,” he said. “The level of play was so much bigger and faster than I imagined. So I really had to grow and improve, and over the last five years, I think of done that. I’ve come a long way form where I was as a freshman five years ago. This ex-

perience has not only made me a better football player, but a better man. I’ve grown so much. Coming here to play football, it’s really made me who I am.” And who Roemmele is today, is someone who’s extremely proud of where he came from, and proud of what he’s doing now. He’s a shining example of how to follow your dreams. And even in tough times, he’s stayed positive, and true to who he is. “I’ve just worked as hard as I could, and tried to be the best teammate I could be,” Roemmele said. “I’ve always wanted to make sure I had as much fun as I could out there, because this is a great game, and not everyone gets this opportunity. So no matter what, I’ve always wanted to make sure I took advantage of the opportunity I’ve had.” Roemmele is right. Not everyone gets to play college football, and even fewer Canadians get that chance in America. However, with what he’s accomplished at Northern, given where he came from, he’s hoping he’s helping to change that too. “This is my last shot to play football, this season,” Roemmele said. “So I’m making the most out of it. But there are so many good players up there (Canada). College teams could find a lot of really good guys up there, and I’ve talked to Coach (Rolin) about it, and he’s looking for them up there now. So hopefully, we’ll see more Canadian guys get the same opportunity I did.”

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson Montana State University-Northern's Seth Roemmele makes a grab during a 2017 game against Southern Oregon in Havre. Roemmele says that, coming from Canada, and being recruited to play college football in America is a huge honor.

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Pos.

Derrick Fontenot DB Zac Jacobs WR Saige Wilkerson QB Haziel Ledezma DB Kai Quinn QB Justin Hughes DB Brenden Kelly WR TJ Hancock WR Gunner Blix LB Jamill Thomas RB Isaiah Thomas WR Anthony Madera DB Joey Aliff QB Skylar Williams WR Cade Jensen QB Nathan Harden P/K Kayden Milburn WR Tanner Zenke WR Peter Manville DB Bryson Comstock WR Josh Finley LB John Lesser RB Quincy Backes RB Eric Prom DB Zachary Cahill K Brycen Kelly DB Zack Jacobs DB Isaiah Richie DB Josh Mendoza WR Kainoa Davis DB Jarred Telles DB Kaler Moore RB Jaydon McKay WR Chris Kindle LB Austin Castro LB Eric Wilson LB James Jones LB Garrett Yunker DB Xzavier Edson LB Chase Van Wyck LB Isaiah Cranford LB Jonathan Hinkle LB Victor Dias RB Eli Teuteu LB Garrett Coffey RB Garret Devos LB Christian Reyes LB Bryce Gabbard LB Moses McAninch LB Terrell Payne LB Taylor Vaandering DL Percy Godfrey LB Colten Mallette OL Alec Yangos OL Bailey Buckner LB Luis Cardenas DL Cade Knaphus OL Kyle Hall DL Dillon Holliday OL Flynn McPheron OL/SP Auston Downs OL Canaan Bourcy LB Colten Alefteras OL George Mensah DB Karson Brown DE Noah Meyers OL PJ Schubert OL Lonnie Slapinski OL Parker Smith OL Jordan Eggers RB Devaughn Perry OL AJ Howe OL Patrick Collins DL

Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown 5’9 5’8 6’4 6’1 6’0 5’11 6’2 5’10 5’11 5’8 5’7 5’10 5’11 6’1 6’0 6’0 5’7 5’11 5’8 5’8 6’0 5’9 6’1 5’7 6’0 6’1 6’0 5’9 5’10 5’7 5’6 5’10 5’8 5’10 5’10 5’9 5’10 6’0 5’9 6’2 6’4 6’0 5’8 5’10 6’0 6’0 5’11 5’10 6’1 5’9 5’9 5’9 6’2 6’4 6’0 5’10 5’11 6’0 6’1 6’1 6’3 6’1 5’11 6’1 6’3 6’2 6’3 6’2 5’11 5’8 6’2 6’6 6’4

195 165 205 190 215 190 205 175 235 190 155 160 200 190 180 190 165 190 175 172 200 190 215 165 175 195 195 170 155 155 190 195 185 235 200 215 200 185 190 245 225 190 210 220 200 195 220 205 205 200 245 205 270 285 200 275 250 285 270 225 305 205 275 205 235 300 290 285 255 175 230 300 270

R-JR R-SO R-SO JR R-SO R-SR R-SR SR R-SO JR R-SO R-FR R-FR R-SR FR R-SR FR SO R-SO R-FR JR R-SO R-FR JR R-FR R-FR SO R-JR R-FR R-FR SO R-SO R-SO R-SO JR SR FR R-SO FR R-So R-JR FR R-JR R-JR R-SO R-SO R-FR R-JR FR R-SO R-JR R-SO R-JR SR R-FR R-JR R-FR SR R-FR FR R-FR FR SR FR FR FR R-FR FR R-FR FR R-SO JR R-SO

Boise, ID Capital HS Vale, OR Vale HS (Western OR College) Emmett, ID Emmett HS Jerome, ID Jerome HS Pendleton, OR Pendleton HS Logandale, NV Moapa Valley HS Kennewick, WA Southridge HS Pendleton, OR Pendleton HS (Linfield) Cathlamet, WA Cathlamet HS Stockton, CA Lincoln HS (Delta College) Moses Lake, WA Moses Lake HS Yerington, NV Yerington HS Centralia, WA Centralia HS Fernley, NV Fernley HS Richland, WA Richland HS Graham, WA Graham Kapowsin HS Murray, UT Judge Memorial HS Eugene, OR Sheldon HS Warden, WA Warden HS Gooding, ID Gooding HS Gooding, ID Gooding ID Richland, WA Liberty Christion School Yakima, WA Eisenhower HS Portland, OR Gladstone HS Boise, ID Timberline HS Kennewick, WA Southridge HS La Grande, OR La Grande HS Pasco, WA Chiawana HS Richland, WA Richland HS Pukalani Maui, HI Maui HS Vancouver, WA (De Anza College) Tillamook, OR Tillamook HS Elgin, OR Elgin HS Heppner, OR Heppner HS Nyssa, OR Nyssa HS Fernley, NV (U Of Montana Western) Scappoose, Or Scappoose HS Jefferson, Or Cascade HS Spring Creek, NV Spring Creek HS Napavine WA Napavine HS La Grande, OR La Grande HS Hermiston, OR Hermiston HS Middleton, ID Middleton HS (BYU) Spanaway, WA Bethel HS Aumsville, OR Cascade HS Vale, OR Vale HS Yakima, WA AC Davis HS Middleton, ID Middleton HS Kennewick, WA Kennewick HS Idaho Falls Idaho Falls HS Aloha, OR Aloha HS Dayton, OH Federal Way HS Stockton, CA Lincoln HS Stockton, CA Lincoln HS Battle Ground, WA Battle Ground HS Bosh Motors, NV Lowery HS Draper, UT Corner Canyon HS Kennewick Riverview HS Boring, OR Sandy HS Kennewick, WA Southridge HS Moses Lake, WA Moses Lake HS Fruitland ID Fuitland HS Prosser, WA Prosser HS Federal Way, WA Decatur HS Vale, OR Vale HS Boise, ID Bishop Kelly HS Pendleton, OR (Oregon State) Fernley, NV Fernley HS Meriden, ID Meriden HS Fruitland, ID Fruitland HS Yakima, WA AC Davis HS Prosser, WA Prosser HS Heppner, OR Heppner HS

No. Name 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99

Pos.

Elijah Harris DL Luke Thomas OL Jacob Banks DL Mick Wilson OL Perry Cosgriffe TE Brennan Pope WR Conner Falk TE Payton Whitaker WR George Balowski WR E’Lon Mack WR Cedric Riel WR Phoenix Millhollen WR Joey Gutierrez WR Domenico Chavez WR Gabe Giacci TE Marc Anthony Oribio DE Sage Delong DE Zach Lacey DL Zak Donato QB RJ Thorne DL Nick De Alba DL Tyler Utecht DL Kye Yraguen DL Trey Hornbuckle DL

Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown 6’5 6’5 6’2 6’5 6’4 6’3 6’2 5’4 5’10 5’11 5’8 6’3 5’9 6’0 6’2 5’10 6’5 6’1 6’3 6’2 6’2 6’2 5’9 6’3

225 285 260 285 230 210 230 160 170 205 175 200 185 185 220 250 255 260 200 270 280 260 280 250

FR R-SO R-SO R-SR FR SR R-SO FR FR R-SR FR R-SO FR SR SR R-FR R-SO SR R-FR R-SO SR R-JR R-SO FR

Grand Coulee, WA Lake Roosevelt HS Fruitland, ID (Weber State) Pendleton, OR Pendleton HS Council, ID Council HS Damascus, OR Clackamas HS Seattle, WA (Modesto Jr C) Emmett, ID Emmett HS Zillah, Wa Zillah HS Crane, OR Crane Union HS Vancouver, WA Heritage HS (Portland St) Kennewick, WA Kennewick HS Elwood, WA Adna HS Hermiston, OR Hermiston HS Heyburn, ID Minico HS (Azusa Pacific) Bend, OR Redmond HS Emmett, ID Emmett HS Vale, OR Vale HS Woodland, WA Woodland HS Selah, WA Selah HS Alexandria, VA (Boise State) Boise, ID Boise HS Rathdrum, ID Lakeland HS Vale, OR Vale HS Aloha, OR Aloha HS

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Jett Robertson RB Gary Carter DB Fotios Jordanoglou WR Jeff Tinae DB Wylie Novak DB Morgan McCrary DB Sam Mix WR Jay Vance DB Brenden Medina QB Caymus Thomas DB Bryce Bumgardner WR Bryce Missey QB Jake Horner WR Andrew Morgan LB Bennett Feinstein-Smith TE Marvin Williams WR Da’Jon Thomas WR Damien Nelson DB Tommy Wilson QB Samuel Brayboy RB Basie Desterfanis DB Ostin Welch DB Codi Small RB Connor Crawford RB Sam Tapia P Caleb Knoche DB James Beckett DB Andrew Trahan-ProctorRB Devariej Criss DB Derante Lamelle DL Cody Lucke FB Landon Taylor DB Kolby Steen LB Jared Craig DB Koby McCallum DB Peter Hamilton LB Diego Morales K Wyatt McKinlay FB Brandon Powell FB Eric Reyna DB Jaren Maki LB Chase Story LB Chase Gilbert LB Ian Sparrow DL Alec Wagner LB Darius Alexander-JonesOL Aaron Dolfay DL Justin Pfeifer DL Trenton Woodward OL Dax Miller LB Joe Fehr DL Joshua Hutchins OL Dale Cummings OL Colter Cyzmoniak DL Trevor Yuhas OL Spencer Colony OL Cisco Herrera OL Ryan Handley OL Dylan Schmidt OL Clint Willis OL Tevita Leetham OL Tenny Mauigon OL Jared Eisenbarth TE Keagan Stroop WR Charles Storey TE James Gilham WR Malick Touare WR Joe Mikkelsen TE David Evans TE

5-11 6-0 5-9 5-10 6-1 5-10 6-1 6-2 6-2 5-11 6-2 6-0 5-10 6-0 6-5 5-8 5-8 5-10 6-1 6-1 6-1 6-2 5-8 5-11 6-0 6-0 6-0 5-9 5-6 6-0 5-10 5-9 5-8 5-9 5-11 6-0 5-8 6-0 5-10 5-8 6-2 5-11 6-0 6-0 5-11 6-3 6-0 6-0 6-5 6-1 6-3 6-1 6-2 6-0 6-2 6-3 6-2 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-4 6-2 6-1 5-10 6-2 5-9 6-4 6-4 6-2

195 160 180 160 182 190 190 225 208 165 185 205 170 238 236 155 175 155 205 208 190 165 185 205 185 195 187 198 160 255 215 165 180 152 190 220 175 210 250 160 215 195 210 230 215 280 225 285 265 190 220 285 318 260 275 265 320 275 270 300 250 353 205 150 210 170 205 190 210

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Hometown Glendale, AZ Menlo Park, CA Ripon, CA Seattle, WA Cut Bank, MT Las Vegas, NV Sammamish, WA Fresno, CA Sebastopol, CA Spokane, WA Saint Helens, OR Spanaway, WA Great Falls, MT Waianae, HI Portland, OR Puyallup, WA San Diego, CA Great Falls, MT Fresno, CA Auburn, WA Fresno, CA Malta, MT Hardin, MT Missoula, MT Carlsbad, CA Forsyth, MT

Kirkland, WA Tacoma, WA San Francisco, CA Browning, MT Fort Benton, MT Chehalis, WA Laurel, MT Salem, OR Cut Bank, MT Pasadena, CA Geraldine, MT Sacramento, CA Kalispell, MT Belt, MT Roy, Utah Green Acres, WA Mesa, AZ Laurel, MT Gilroy, CA Portland, OR Cut Bank, MT Three Forks, MT Florence, MT Eureka, MT Puyallup, WA Cremona, AB Eureka, MT Great Falls, MT Fort Qu’Appellle, SK Madera, CA Missoula, MT Nine Mile Falls, WA Gardiner, MT West Jordan, UT Seattle, WA Woodinville, WA Belt, MT Hardin, MT Browning, MT Hardin, MT Brockton, MT Hardin, MT

No. Name 88 89 91 92 94 96 98 99

Seth Roemmele Jordan Pugh Connor Koker Tyler Pallas B.J. Hatcher Trendae Umi-Tuato’o Ronnie Chavez Jonathyn Jordan

Pos. Ht. Wt. Year

WR TE DL DL DL DL DL DL

6-1 6-5 5-11 6-0 6-3 5-11 6-2 6-3

185 225 230 245 205 290 245 205

SR JR SO SO FR FR SO FR

Hometown Claresholm, AB Tacoma, WA Spokane, WA Chehalis, WA Laurel, MT Auburn, WA Missoula, MT Snellville, GA

2018 Montana State University-Northern Football Staff Andrew Rolin, Head Coach Jake Chestnut, Defensive Coordinator Jonathan Amosa, Running Backs/Tight Ends/Strength and Conditioning CJ Robertson, Offensive Line/Run Game Ray Clark, Defensive Backs John Kocurek, Wide Receivers/Recruiting James Amos, Tight Ends Ollie Ogbu, Defensive Line

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MSU-N 2018 Offensive Numbers

EOU 2018 Defensive Numbers

Scoring: 16 ppg, 7th in Frontier Total offense: 335 ypg, 6th in Frontier

Seth Roemelle #88, 6-0, 190 Receiver

Isaiah Richie #29, 5-9, 170 Cornerback

Passing: 232 ypg, 4th in Frontier

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MSU-Northern Defensive Starters

EOU 2018 Offensive Numbers

MSU-N 2018 Defensive Numbers

Scoring: 32 ppg, 6th in Frontier

Scoring: 42 ppg, last in Frontier

Total defense: 355 ypg, 5th in Frontier

Total defense: 533 ypg, last in Frontier

Pass defense: 230 ypg, 5th in Frontier

Pass defense: 284 ypg, 7th in Frontier

Scoring: 28 ppg, 4th in Frontier

Rolin was hired in December of 2017. He is the fourth fulltime head coach of the Lights since the school reintroduced football. Before coming to Northern he had coaching stops at San Diego, Washington, San Jose State and Libby. Rolin played QB at San Diego. He is a native of Rancho Cordova, California.

Dylan Schmidt #74, 6-3, 270 Offensive line

Tommy Wilson #22, 6-1, 205 Quarterback

Darius Alexander-Jones #53, 6-3, 280 Offensive line

Sage Delong #92, 6-5, 255

Defensive line

Zach Lacey #93, 6-2, 265

Defensive line

Trenton Woodward #56, 6-4, 265 Offensive line

Chase Van Wyck #41, 6-2, 245 Defensive line

Garret Devos #47, 6-0, 195 Linebacker

Passing: 331 ypg, 1st in Frontier

Ostin Welch #26, 6-2, 170 Safety

Morgan McCrary #8, 5-10, 190 Safety

Tyler Pallas #92, 6-0, 245 Defensive tackle

Jaren Maki

#47, 6-2, 215 Linebacker

Justin Pfeifer #55, 6-0, 285 Defensive line

Colten Alefteras #65, 5-11, 275 Center

Marvin Williams #19, 5-10, 155 Receiver

Kai Quinn #6, 6-0, 210 Quarterback

Victor Dias #44, 5-8, 210 Running back

Luke Thomas #77, 6-5, 265 Offensive line

Eli Teuteu #45, 5-9, 200 Linebacker

Jake Norby #31, 6-2, 200 Linebacker

Jay Vance #10, 6-2, 225 Linebacker

Alec Yangous #55, 6-4, 285 Offensive line T.J. Hancock

#9, 5-10, 175 H-Back

Josh Finley #22, 6-0, 200 Linebacker

Diego Morales #43, 5-8, 175 Kicker

Tim Camp EOU Head Coach

P.J. Schubert #69, 6-3, 290 Offensive line

ChaseGilbert #49, 6-0, 215 Linebacker

Gunnar Blix #10, 5-11, 235 Linebacker

Ryan Handley #73, 6-4, 275 Offensive line

Gabe Giacci #90, 6-3. 230 Tight end

Jared Eisenbarth #80, 6-1, 205 Tight end Sam Tapia #89, 6-0, 180 Punter

B.J. Hatcher #94, 6-3, 205 Defensive end

Justin Hughes #7, 5-10, 190 Safety Wyatt McKinlay #44, 6-0, 210 Fullback

Total offense: 441 ypg, 2nd in Frontier

Mick Wilson #79, 6-5, 285 Offensive line

Zach Jacobs #28, 6-0, 195 Safety

Jett Robertson #2, 5-11, 195 Running Back

Brendan Kelly #8, 6-2, 200 Receiver

Caymus Thomas #13, 5-11, 165 Cornerback

Clint Willis #75, 6-7, 300 Offensive line

Andrew Rolin MSU-N Head Coach

Eastern Oregon Offensive Starters

Devariej Criss #34, 5-9, 175 Corner Haziel Ladezma #5, 6-0, 190 Cornerback

Domerico Chavez #89, 6-0, 185 Receiver

Nate Harden

#17, 6-0, 180 Kicker

Tim Camp became the EOU head football coach in February 2008. During his time at the helm, Camp has compiled an overall record of 57-43. On September 10, 2016 on the road against Montana Western, Camp became EOU's all-time winningest coach (49) with a 35-23 triumph. Prior to becoming the head coach at EOU, Camp served as an assistant coach for the Mountaineers for two seasons. In addition to being the offensive line coach, Camp was also the recruiting and camp coordinator.

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Lights look ahead to the second half George Ferguson

Southern Oregon UM-Western Montana Tech Rocky Mountain Carroll College Eastern Oregon MSU-Northern College of Idaho

Havre Daily News sports editor gferguson@havredailynews.com The bye week is over. And now it’s back to the gridiron for the young Montana State University-Northern Lights. Northern starts the second half of head coach Andrew Rolin’s first season at the helm Saturday night when the Lights host Eastern Oregon in a night game at Blue Pony Stadium. And while the Mounties will be a tough opponent, and, Northern has lost four straight Frontier Conference games, Rolin has seen plenty of improvements in his young squad. “Throughout the year, I think we’ve been getting better and better at learning how to compete,” Rolin said. “Slowly but surely, our guys are figuring out what it takes to compete at this level, and win at this level. I know we’re not where we want to be, but I’ve seen this team take huge strides throughout the season.” And those strides should pay off in the future, considering the fact that the Lights have just six seniors, and are playing twice as many freshman and sophomores as they are upperclassmen. So, with the leadership of those seniors, Rolin has also seen his young roster grow by leaps and bounds. “We’ve asked a lot of young guys to step up this year,” Rolin said. “And those guys are getting better and better every week, and because of that, I think our team is getting better every week. It’s a process, and it’s going to play off.” A process no doubt, and the progress, at least in terms of the scoreboard and the stats, may be somewhat slow. So far this season, the Lights are averaging just 16 points per game, but they do rank higher up in the front in total yards and passing, offensively. Tommy Wilson has started every game for the Lights, throwing for 1, 083 yards and four touchdowns. He’s also only thrown four interceptions thus far, while rushing for two scores. Wilson’s top receiver so far has been sophomore Bryce Bumgardner, who has 23 catches for 327 yards. On the ground, Jett Robertson has been slowed some as of late, but. He’s still having a big season. Robertson averages 82 yards a game, which is third in the Frontier. Defensively, Northern is even younger than it is on offense, and at times, it’s shown. The Lights allow a Frontier-worst 42 points per contest. The Lights have also struggled against the run, allowing 242 yards per game, and, MSU-N has also only come up with four sacks so far in 2018, and five turnovers. Chase Gilbert leads the Northern defense with 36 tackles and two INTs, while Caymus Thomas has 35 tackles and Jaren Maki has 32. “I think the two biggest areas we need to improve in are, one, we have to stop the run better,” Rolin said. “We’ve got improve on playing gap-sound football. We’ve got to do a better job of stopping the run. And two, we have to be better in the redzone offensively.

Frontier Conference Standings Conf. Overall WL WL

4-0 3-1 3-1 2-2 2-2 2-2 0-4 0-4

4-0 3-1 3-1 3-2 3-2 2-2 1-4 0-5

Saturday MSU-Northern vs Eastern Oregon Carroll College at College of Idaho Montana Tech at UM-Western Southern Oregon at Rocky Mountain Saturday, Oct. 13 MSU-Northern vs Rocky Mountain Carroll College at UM-Western College of Idaho at Montana Tech Eastern Oregon at Southern Oregon

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NAIA Coaches Poll Rec. Pts. Prv. 13 Langston (Okla.) 3-1 181 1 Morningside (Iowa) 5-0 364 14 Concordia (Mich.) 4-1 180 2 Southern Oregon [2] 4-0 352 15 Georgetown (Ky.) 3-2 161 3 Marian (Ind.) [1] 4-0 336 16 Dickinson State 4-1 145 4 Northwestern (Iowa) 5-0 322 17 Baker (Kan.) 3-2 137 5 Saint Francis (Ind.) 4-1 311 18 Cumberlands (Ky.) 5-1 130 6 Reinhardt (Ga.) 4-1 285 19 Arizona Christian 5-0 128 7 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 3-1 284 20 Montana Tech 3-1 124 8 Evangel (Mo.) 6-0 277 21 Rocky Mountain 3-2 70 9 Grand View (Iowa) 3-1 249 22 Montana Western 3-1 60 10 Bethel (Tenn.) 5-0 231 23 Siena Heights 4-0 47 11 Kansas Wesleyan 5-0 224 24 Southeastern (Fla.) 3-2 38 12 Benedictine (Kan.) 4-1 200 25 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 4-1 24 Others receiving votes: Midland (Neb.) 21, Webber International (Fla.) 15, Avila (Mo.) 9, Eastern Oregon 8, Ottawa (Kan.) 7, Doane (Neb.) 4, Saint Xavier (Ill.) 3.

Frontier Conference Individual Leaders Through Week 5

Passing: Kai Quinn, EOU, 331 ypg Receiving: Brendan Kelly, EOU, 161 ypg Receptions: Brendan Kelly, EOU, 7 cpg Rushing: Jed Fike, MT, 122 ypg Tackles: Jason Ferris, UM-W, 49 Sacks: Ryder Rice, RMC, 6.5 sacks INT's: Zack Jacobs, EOU, 4 ints

2018 Lights Coaching Staff Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson Bryce Bumgardner is leading the Montana State University-Northern Lights in receiving this season. The Lights, and the rest of the Frontier Conference had last week off. Northern will return to the field Saturday night when the Lights host Eastern Oregon. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. inside Blue Pony Stadium. We’ve had opportunities to put points on the board the last couple of games, and we haven’t done it. We have to put the ball in endzone more.” And while the Lights certainly have things to do, clean up and get better at as the season goes on, Rolin also sees the progress his young team his making, and he believes that progress is going to pay dividends. “We’re getting better,” Rolin said. “I see it in our guys. We’re not satisfied. We’re not happy with where we’re at. But our guys have improved so much. This team has gotten so much better, and with the great attitude they have, they’re going to keep getting better, and it’s eventually going to show up on the scoreboard.”

breakout spring for the Lights, and his season-ending injury thinned out a young Northern WR group. And to compound that, three games into the season, Northern lost senior WR Fotios Jordanoglou to a season-ending foot injury. Through three games, Jordanoglou had already caught 10 balls and scored a touchdown, and was not only Northern’s most experienced WR, but, easily its most explosive playmaker in the passing game. Defensively, Northern senior linebacker Andrew Morgan has also missed several games, but, he’s expected to return at some point this season.

Injuries

The Lights have six games left this season, starting with EOU Saturday night. The Mounties come to Havre having won two straight, and are the No. 1 passing team in the Frontier Conference. Following Saturday night’s game, Northern starts the second half of the schedule with a rematch with Rocky Mountain College. The

One thing Northern has had to endure this season, is some critical injuries, including two big season-enders. The Lights lost red-shirt freshman wide receiver Jake Horner, who was projected to be a starter, early in fall camp. Horner had a

Looking Ahead

Lights lost to the Battlin’ Bears 51-7 at Blue Pony Stadium. The trip to RMC is the first of three straight rematches for the Lights, who host UM-Western Oct. 20. Northern lost in Dillon 55-3 last month. On Oct. 27, the Lights travel to Helena to take on Carroll College. Carroll beat the Lights 32-14 last month in Havre. The Carroll game is the first of Northern’s only back-to-back road trip of the season. On Nov. 3, Northern heads to Southern Oregon for a showdown with the first-place Raiders, before coming home to wrap up the regular season against College of Idaho Nov. 10. This season marks the fourth straight time the Lights and Yotes have finished the season against each other. And one final note on Northern’s secondhalf schedule, the Lights will four of their final six games against teams currently ranked in the NAIA Coaches Poll. That means, that of Northern’s 11 games this season, the Lights will have played seven games against nationally-ranked teams by the team the season is over.

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson The 2018 Montana State University-Northern coaching staff includes, Andrew Rolin, Head Coach; Jake Chestnut, Defensive Coordinator; Jonathan Amosa, Running Backs/Tight Ends/Strength and Conditioning; CJ Robertson, Offensive Line/Run Game; Ray Clark, Defensive Backs; John Kocurek, Wide Receivers/ Recruiting; James Amos, Tight Ends; Ollie Ogbu, Defensive Line.

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Pride for both sides of the Border Too much parity in the Frontier? Northern senior Seth Roemmele grew up playing a different brand of football. Now though, he's a proud Canadian playing college football in the states George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor gferguson@havredailynews.com Havre is just 40 miles from the Canadian border. But no matter how close Canada and the United States are in relation to Havre, and Montana State University-Northern, when it comes to football, the two countries are worlds apart. No one probably knows that better right

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now than MSU-N senior wide receiver Seth Roemmele. And that’s because he’s played both. Football in Canada is a 12-man game, as compared to 11-man football, but, it’s not only the rules that are much different, the popularity is too. In Canada, hockey is, and will always be king. In America, hockey certainly is popular, but it doesn’t come close to how highly thought of the game of football is. Again, no one knows that better than Roemmele, who came to Northern five years ago out of Willow Creek High School in Claresholm, Alberta. “The difference football-wise are pretty big,” Roemmele said. “Obviously, 12-man football is a lot different, but I also came here from a really small school. My graduating class only had 80 kids, so I went from not only a different kind of football, but I went from being a big fish in a small pond at

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The Frontier Conference has reached the bye week. And it’s unusual because every single team in the league has the week off. So, with most teams having played four or even five games thus far, it’s time to review where we’re at. And here’s the first thing that’s becoming clear as we head into October — the Frontier is probably once again only going to get one team in the NAIA playoffs. Is it a done deal? No. But, it looks like that’s where the league is headed. Southern Oregon is once again the only team left with a chance to be undefeated. Meanwhile, UMWestern and Montana Tech each have one loss, but the Orediggers and Bulldogs haven’t played each other yet, so one of them is going to have at least two losses on its resume after Oct. 6. Then there’s the curious cases of Rocky Mountain College and Carroll College. The two met in the season-opener, a game domi-

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Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson Montana State University-Northern senior Seth Roemmele goes up for a catch during a 2016 Frontier Conference football game between the Lights and the UM-Western Bulldogs in Havre. Roemmele has played a ton of snaps in his four years as a Light, but, more importantly than snaps, he says it's the pride and passion he feels for being a Canadian-born football player playing college football in the United States. Roemmele hails from a small high school in southern Alberta, where he grew up playing hockey, but, also fell in love with football, including both Canadian rules football, and the football played in America. Roemmele and the Lights return to action this Saturday when they host the Eastern Oregon Mounties at 6 p.m. inside Blue Pony Stadium.

MSU-Northern Lights vs Eastern Oregon Mounties Montana State University-Northern

2017 record: 1-10, 0-10 Head coach: Andrew Rolin

Location: Havre, Mont.

Stadium: Blue Pony Stadium

Nickname: Lights

Streak: Saturday night's game between the Lights and EOU will be the thirs straight night game in the series. They met in Havre in Oct. 2016

Colors: Maroon and Yellow 2018 record: 0-4, 1-5

Saturday, October 6, 2018 Blue Pony Stadium ~ 6 p.m. Eastern Oregon Location: LaGrande, Ore. Nickname: Mounties Colors: Navy and Gold 2018 record: 2-2, 2-2

2017 record: 4-6, 4-6 Head coach: Tim Camp Stadium: Community Stadium Streak: The Mounties are riding a six-game winning streak against the Lights coming into Saturday night's game.

nated by Rocky 19-0. However, the Bears used an ineligible player, and they later forfeited the victory. Now, Rocky is 2-2 in the Frontier and had to barely squeak by winless College of Idaho last week to get there. On the other hand, the forfeit could have given the Fighting Saints a big boost, and for a time, it did. But, last Saturday, Carroll was shut out at home by SOU. So, now Rocky and Carroll each have two losses in Frontier play, meaning, the only way either one has a chance at the playoffs at this point is to run the table, and since they, too, still have to play each other, there’s only a chance for one of them to do that. Eastern Oregon has also climbed back to 2-2 this season, and running the table could get the Mounties in the playoffs, but they still have a road trip to

SOU looming, so even that seems unlikely. No, for yet another year, it just looks like there’s too much parity in the Frontier. In a way, that’s a great thing because the league is so highly respected. It’s really hard to win in the Frontier, and it’s really, really hard to win a Frontier championship. But as it relates to the playoffs, it’s been a big negative for the league because by the time everybody’s done beating the stuffing out of each other in November, no one is left with a strong enough resume to earn an at-large bid to the playoffs, and that’s something the conference really needs to figure out how to fix at this point. Every year, there’s at least one, sometimes two teams in the Frontier that are

Today in the Frontier Conference RV Eastern Oregon University Mounties (2-2, 2-2)

At Montana State University-Northern Lights (0-4, 1-4) Carroll College (2-2, 3-2) at College of Idaho (0-4, 0-5) in Caldwell, Idaho

#20 Montana Tech (3-1, 3-1) at #22 UM-Western (3-1, 3-1) in Dillon

#2 Southern Oregon (4-0, 4-0) at #21 Rocky Mountain Collee (2-2, 3-2_ in Billings

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undoubtedly one of the 16-best teams in the country, but they don’t get in the playoffs. And while it’s only the end of September, it looks like that’s exactly what’s going to happen to the Frontier in 2018. Stars So far, there’s been a lot of exciting games and performances around the Frontier, and here’s a few names that are really making some noise. Montana Tech junior Jed Fike is ninth in the NAIA in rushing, averaging 125 yards per game. Fike had a breakout season a year ago, and he’s at it again this fall. Teammate Dion Williams is also No. 11 in the country in receptions with 27. Perhaps nobody is having a bigger breakout season than EOU’s Kai Quinn. He’s currently third in the NAIA in passing, at 330 yards per game, and he’s third in total offense as well. SOU’s Rey Vega, Carroll’s Ma-

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2018 Frontier Conference Preseason Coaches Poll 1. Southern Oregon; 2. Rocky Mountain; T3. Montana Tech; T3. College of Idaho; 5. Carroll College; 6. Eastern Oregon; 7. UM-Western; 8. MSU-Northern Havre Daily News Frontier Conference Week 6 Power Rankings 1. Southern Oregon 2. Montana Tech 3. Rocky Mountain College 4. UM-Western 5. Eastern Oregon 6. Carroll College T7. College of Idaho T7. MSU-Northern


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jor Ali and MSU-N’s Jett Robertson are also in the Top 20 in the NAIA in total rushing. On the defensive side of the ball, the usual suspects are at it again, with Rocky’s Ryder Rice tallying 6.5 sacks already, and Keenan Fagan grabbing three interceptions. UMWestern linebacker Jason Ferris already has 50 stops, and is ranked third in the NAIA in tackles per game, while Montana Tech’s Connor Wines is once again wreaking havoc with four sacks as well. Big Games When Frontier play resumes Oct. 6, it will do so with a pair of season-defining games. Montana Tech visits Western that day, and it’s essentially an elimination game. Also, Southern Oregon travels to Rocky, in what is a must-win for the Bears. That game looked like the biggest game in the NAIA a few weeks ago, but now, it’s become a do-ordie contest for Rocky’s playoff hopes, while for SOU it’s a game the Raiders look to just their season rolling. MSU-Northern also has a big game that night. The Lights will play under the lights of Blue Pony Stadium, when they host Eastern Oregon. The Mounties are heating up offensively, while the Lights have struggled on the defensive side of the ball. But Northern is hoping an electric atmosphere in Havre is just what it needs to get back on track.

College of Idaho's Darisu James-Peterson was named Frontier Offensive Player of the Week. Peterson is a 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior quarterback from Novato, California. In College of Idaho’s 41-42 home conference loss to No. 23 Rocky Mountain College, Peterson was 15 of 26 passing for 233 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He rushed for 179 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries. He set a school record with six touchdowns in a single game. Peterson is just the third C of I player to surpass the 2,000-yard rushing mark in his career. SOU's Tyson Cooper was named Defensive Player of the Week. Cooper is 6-foot, 205-pound, senior linebacker from Gresham, Oregon. In No. 3 Southern’s 27-0 road conference shutout over Carroll College, Cooper recorded five solo tackles, one tackle for loss (-0.5), four assisted tackles and an interception. Southern Oregon recorded their first shutout since 2003. EOU's Nathan Harden is the Frontier Special Team Player of the Week. Harden is a 6-foot, 185-pound, senior kicker from Graham, Washington. In Eastern Oregon’s triple overtime 54-51 home conference win over No. 22 Montana Western, he was 6 for 6 in PATs and 4 of 5 in field goals. Harden also punted seven times for 315 yards.posite directions. UM-Western, picked seventh in the Frontier Coaches Poll, is off to a fast start, beating

Carroll and Northern to open the season. The preseason pick isn’t the only reason Western has been a surprise thus far, it’s been the play of a pair of new starters on offense. Last year, Western quarterback Bennett Gibson threw for over 3,000 yards and running back Hunter Thomsen rushed for over 900. Both graduated in the spring, and, it figured to have a lasting effect on the Bulldog offense. Wrong. So far this fall, Western is leading the Frontier in scoring at 36 ppg, and is second in total offense. Sophomore quarterback Jon Jund has been outstanding thus far, and the Bulldogs are rushing by committee, and it’s working, after they plowed over Northern to the tune of 340 yards last Saturday night. Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum is the College of Idaho. The Yotes were a sexy pick to contend for the Frontier title this season, but, a pair of close, early-season losses by the less than a touchdown, and a difficult loss to Montana Tech, has left C of I at 0-3 in the Frontier to start the year. And it doesn’t get any easier, as the Yotes step out of conference play, and go way, way up to play Big Sky Conference member Portland State this Saturday. Unless C of I pulls off a miracle in Portland, the Yotes are going to be 0-4 before September is even over, and, with that, the only chance they have to make the playoffs is to somehow win the Frontier title outright. Bounce Back Give Rocky Mountain head coach Jason Petrino and his Battlin’ Bears a ton of credit. One week ago, RMC was riding high, 2-0 and headed for greatness. Then comes the news

the Bears were forced to forfeit their seasonopening win over Carroll College, and that news came just days before the Bears were set to host 13th-ranked Dickinson State in a huge non-conference clash in Billings. A situation like that could have derailed Rocky, but instead, the Bears bucked down, and rode a hard-nosed defense to a 21-10 win over the Blue Hawks at Herb Klindt Field. The forfeit of the Carroll game could have certainly hurt Rocky against the resurgent Blue Hawks, but, RMC focused and got the job done. And while the damage could be felt later in the season, if Rocky comes down to being tied for the league title, for this week anyway, all is back to normal in Billings. Frontier Honors Southern Oregon's Rey Vega was named Frontier Offensive Player of the Week. Vega, a 5-10, 205-pound running back from Modesto, California, rushed for 158 yards and two touchddowns in SOU's win over C of I last Saturday. Eastern Oregon's Justin Hughes was named Frontier Defensive Player of the Week. He is a 5-10, 185-pound defensive back from Longdale, Nevada. In EOU's loss to Montana Tech, Hughes had 13 tackles and an interception. Mark Karachenko of UM-Western was named Frontier Special Teams Player of the Week. He is a 6-4, 180-pound kicker from Colville, Washington. In Western's 55-3 win over Northern, he was 7-gor-7 on PAT's and made two 23-yard field goals.

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson MSU-Northern's Jett Robertson is among the top three rushers in the Frontier Conference. Robertson and the Lights come out of their bye week, and will host the Eastern Oregon Mounties Saturday night at Blue Pony Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

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