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SOUTH DAKOTA COYOTES KICKING OFF THEIR 2019 FOOTBALL SEASON ON SATURDAY WITH HIGH EXPECTATIONS… JUST TWO YEARS REMOVED FROM A PLAYOFF RUN… LOOKING TO PROVE LAST YEAR’S 4-7 RECORD WAS AN EXCEPTION IN THE BOB NIELSON ERA. MONTANA WAS ONE YARD AWAY FROM A PLAYOFF BERTH LAST YEAR… BUT MISSED OUT ON A FUMBLE ON THE GOAL LINE AGAINST MONTANA STATE… BUT FOR THE GRIZ… THEY HAVEN’T BEEN TO THE PLAYOFFS SINCE 2015… A FORMER REGULAR IN THE POSTSEASON… THEY COME IN HAVING WON FIVE STRAIGHT VERSUS THE COYOTES… AND ARE 12-6 OVERALL VERSUS USD… SO THE COYOTES KNOW NOT TO TAKE THIS TEAM LIGHTLY… EVEN IF THEY HAVEN’T BEEN AT THEIR BEST THESE PAST FEW SEASONS. “THEY HAVE A VERY GOOD FOOTBALL TEAM. A TEAM THAT’S GOT GREAT TRADITION IN FCS, HAS WON NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. A TEAM THAT WAS LIKE US A YEAR AGO. THEY WERE REALLY YOUNG, PROBABLY DISAPPOINTED THEY DIDN’T MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. IT WILL BE A GREAT TEST, AND A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR PROGRAM. WE SPENT SOME TIME ON MONTANA THIS SUMMER, SPRING, AND FALL. SO THEY’RE A TALENTED TEAM, THEY GOT A LOT COMING BACK, AN EXPERIENCED QUARTERBACK THAT HAS PLAYED A LOT OF FOOTBALL, SO IT’LL BE A CHALLENGE, BUT I THINK WE’LL BE UP FOR IT.” THE COYOTES AND GRIZ WILL CLASH SATURDAY IN THE DAKOTA DOME WITH A 2:00 KICK. ANCHOR IOWA PLAYING A NIGHT GAME THIS SATURDAY TO OPEN THEIR SEASON FOR

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