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Scots look primed for winning season

September 9, 2016

Michelle Ravel / The Courier

College football is underway and the Fighting Scots football team has already made their mark in the win column. After a dominating 44-3 performance against Hope College on Saturday, we can expect the squad to live up to the expectations. Preseason polls put the boys of fall in second, just behind their final foes of last season, St. Norbert College. The team may not be the same but the goal is, winning the coveted conference title and simultaneously clinching a spot in the NCAA playoffs.

Senior Matt Barnes reiterates Coach Chad Braun’s philosophy: “One day, one rep, one game at a time” by saying the mentality of last year’s 8-2 team is very similar. “Just taking one game at a time and focusing on each opponent like it’s the biggest game of the year.” With numerous veterans returning, including quarterback Tanner Matlick and running back Trent Rains, he also adds that the “experience really allows us to lead the younger players and help lay the foundation for the years to come,” as well as the rest of the season.

Notably, there are some changes from last year, including the new divisions, or should I say division. “Each game matters and one slip up can cost you the season,” says Barnes. No longer separated into North and South divisions, the Fighting Scots will have to hone their skills every game in order to achieve NCAA berth. How will they get there? “Making plays when it matters most.” It is a new season and a new team, but fans can still expect the winning tradition continuing on Saturday, September 10th when the gridiron guys play in their home opener.

Tessa Jones
Contributing Writer

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