The Northern State football team will open up its 2012 home slate against the same team it opened the 2011 home schedule against — Southwest Minnesota State. The Wolves defeated the Mustangs 30-17 in last year’s season opener at Swisher Field. This year’s game starts at 2:30 p.m. at Swisher Field.
Some random notes/thoughts about the game:
— Both teams dropped their 2012 season openers. The Mustangs lost to Augustana College 35-14 in Sioux Falls. As you will read in my preview in Saturday’s paper, the Wolves had a hard time getting Augie offense off the field and NSU’s offense had a hard time sustaining drives. A big point of emphasis this week in practice has been third down plays on both sides of the ball. The Mustangs lost to Minnesota-Duluth 45-20, but was only down 18-13 at halftime.
— The Mustangs return their 6-foot-5 quarterback Tyler Peschong from last season. He led the league in both passing yards per game and total offense. NSU did intercept the returning all-conference selection twice last season. The Wolves will try to slow down senior running backs Gannon Moore and Warren Matthews.
— I talked to coach Tom Dosch earlier in the week about the health of the team. He was pretty tight lipped about it as always, but I always like to ask. However, as of now the only change to the starting lineup is Logan Brakke will fill in for Robert Johnson at right guard. Uncertain of Johnson’s injury, but Dosch also added: “We have quite a few guys banged up from our game last week,” Dosch said. “We will have two or three guys that honestly will be game time or morning of the game decision. We won’t know until Saturday if they are going to play or not.”
— NSU QB Jared Jacobson rushed for 153 rushing yards last season. However, he was only 8-for-19 passing for 74 yards (and I’m told there was a few dropped passes last week though). A big key for Jacobson will be to continue to hurt teams with his feet, but also through the air. He was not able to do that in week one.
— Returning all-conference wide receiver Chris Morton had only one catch for 15 yards against Augustana College. I expect Morton to have a solid game this week. Speaking of Morton, I will have a feature story about him in Saturday’s edition of the Aberdeen American News. (shameless plug). And again, I will have a full preview in Saturday’s edition about the NSU vs. Southwest game.
— And as always I will tweet live updates from the game. Follow @RyanDeal_AAN.
— Also, below is a video interview I did with NSU linebacker Logan Fahnhorst earlier in the week.
By Ryan Deal