ABERDEEN, SD (KELO) – Northern State won a 41-10 victory over USF last Saturday. Now Wolves are looking to build on that success.
Northern State snapped a four-game losing streak against USF, which saw Wolves claim their first victory against the Cougars since 1959.
“This is our first win as a program against them in fifty years and to do it in a year, in one game, man, it’s really special and it says a lot about preparing our team to play,” Northern State head coach Mike Schmidt said. noted.
Wolves are now 3-1 this season, which is their best start in 18 years.
“I don’t think anyone in the locker room is shocked at all. I really think we think we’re a good team and nobody in the locker room is shocked by that, ”Schmidt said. “We understand how shocked the outside world can be because they haven’t seen that in this program and in this team winning a game like this against a great program.”
Northern has the third best attack in the NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) because they were able to be two-dimensional.
“It paves the way for every team. If you can run the ball as efficiently as we did that just opens up the passing game and I tell you what, you don’t want to let these guys outside one on one because they are ridiculous athletes to that level, ”Trautman said.
Despite only playing two home games, Dacotah Bank Stadium is proving to give Wolves a distinct advantage.
“For me, I’ve never played in something like this. It’s easy to go out there and have fun, because you see the fans, you hear the fans, the sideline rocks, ”Lucas said. “The energy is just up. You walk anywhere here and the energy is just right in place.
“This advantage on the pitch is crazy. I cannot thank the community enough for building a stadium like this in Aberdeen, South Dakota, ”said Trautman. “It’s amazing and I can’t wait to play a few more games here for sure.”
Head coach Mike Schmidt had to wait a year to coach his first game at Northern due to the pandemic. Other than a road loss in overtime to MSU Mankato, it was an almost perfect start to his tenure.
“You can’t give enough credit to Coach Schmidt and his team that he’s brought together here. It’s amazing the changes we’ve made as a coach over the last 18 months, I think, ”said Trautman. “That’s a reason a guy like me is coming back. I’m in sixth grade, taking extra classes and I could do something else, but I love this game. I love this team and it’s really great to see the fruits of our labor come to fruition today and to keep moving forward.
“We would like to be 4-0 of course, but that’s okay. We’re just going to keep building, one week at a time. You know, every day we preach being better than before, even from today. We played a good game, but we have to keep building, ”said Lucas.
Wolves earned their signing victory on Saturday, but they still have seven games to go.
“Can we finally have a signing victory and now we can deal with the success.” We know we have a challenge, ”Schmidt said. “We have a very busy schedule. We still have to go on the road everywhere.
Northern State will host the University of Mary for their return home on Saturday. The kick-off is set at 2 p.m.