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Blue Hawks Prepare for Rocky Mountain

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 In 2013 Former Blue Hawks Head Coach Hank Biesiot called his team green as the turf they play on.
Well after a full season under their belt-- those newcomers should have enough experience to turn things around from their 1 and 10 record a year ago.
Ashley St. Louis has more as Dickinson State prepares for their opening match up this Saturday.

The 2014 Blue Hawks team now has two and a half weeks under their belt.

And new head coach Pete Stanton is impressed what he's seen in practice so far.

"I think one of things we've done well is practice with good tempo, and practice with good spirit, I think the guys understand what we expect, and we've just been pleased with the effort and the way we've ran around."

It's far from an easy start to the season for the Blue Hawks--they will be battling their old conference foe--Rocky Mountain College. A team who beat them 56-23 last season--but these guys are ready to see what they're made of.

"I think it's been 3 or 4 years and we've always playeRockyey, one of the first games, so it kind of became a rivalry so we're excited to play them."
"Lets go out there and lets play these guys again, I still love that competition, I still love battling against those guys, I'm jacked up for it, I'm ready to just show them right away what we're made of."

The team has assessed their failures in last year's game--and now know what it's going to take to come out on top.

"We've got to stay on our feet in the second half,going into the second half, and the last couple years it's been a knock out early, and they've hit us with some big plays early and often, and we haven't done much as far as getting some first downs, and it's been tough so we realize the task at hand and we realize that we're going to have to play well to be able to stay with them."

" I think a lot of times we were too focused on how we had messed up, and beating ourselves up about it, well you're going to mess up, you know that's the sports, but if you give 100 percent effort, I think that's what we really need to lock into going into this game."

Coach Stanton says win or lose the one positive coming out of the game will be learning what improvements the team still need to make for week 2.

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