Drake visits Missoula with element of mystery
With a new head coach and starting quarterback, Montana held the benefit of surprise heading into its opener last Saturday versus Northern Iowa.
But this weekend the Grizzlies experience the other side of coin as they take on a perennial Pioneer Football League power that hasn’t even played a full quarter of football this season.
Drake’s season opener versus William Jewell last Saturday was called less than 10 minutes due to a lightening storm, a predicament that Montana head coach Bobby Hauck said gives the Bulldogs a similar edge his Grizzlies enjoyed against Northern Iowa last week.
“We don’t have any film on them to prepare for,” Hauck said during his press conference on Monday. “They’ve got that advantage, which is significant. We’ll be doing a little guessing again this week as to what we’re going to see.”
Hauck also said Drake carries an experience advantage over Montana going into Saturday.
“They’ve got a very veteran team with eight starters that are seniors on either side of the ball – most of them fifth-year seniors,” he said. “We’re going to be playing an experienced football team that’ll know what the heck they’re doing.”