RiverHawks football prepares for fall season opener on Thursday
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RiverHawks football prepares for fall season opener on Thursday



Dustin Teenor

TNE Writer

As the NSU football season opener on Thursday draws near, the RiverHawk Community hopes to see a long-awaited successful season in 2018.

“We’re really building something special here,” said Cade Yeager, sophomore quarterback. “We look to be much more competitive this season and win many more games in front of our fans. When the student body gets out and supports us, it really makes us play better and the crowd makes the environment 100 times better.”

Yeager stared seven games for the RiverHawks last season after replacing last year’s junior quarterback, Dom Mckinzy. Last season, Yeager passed for over 1700 yards with 18 touchdowns. He had his best game against Nebraska-Kearney, where he threw four touchdown passes while completing more than half of his throws.

“Having a year under my belt really helped with my maturity and understanding of MIAA defenses,” said Yeager. “After a full year of being in our offense, I really have a full understanding of what we're trying to accomplish and making sure I get us in good spots to succeed. It definitely makes me more of a leader because naturally the quarterback is the leader of the offense and the guys look to me when things get tough.

The RiverHawks football team made a big change during the offseason, hiring strength and conditioning coach Trevor Fritz. Fritz, who previously held the same position at the University of Tulsa, looks to have the resume to improve the strength of this year’s football team.

“Coach Fritz did a great job preparing us in the spring and summer, physically and mentally,” said Caleb Hash, junior offensive linemen. “I think his program increased our speed, strength, and size substantially enough to play and compete in the MIAA.”

Much of the RiverHawks football team will be young this season. However, they will have experience where it counts, as the offensive line looks to feature several upperclassmen.

Hash believes the offensive line will have a positive impact on this year’s squad.

“I think that it will be important for the offensive line and I to step up because the offensive line is the key to a successful offense,” said Hash. “I expect to do my job on every play this year. I also expect my teammates to do the same, so we can have a winning season.”

The Northeastern Activities Board will be having a tailgating event for the season opener on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 5 p.m. near Doc Wadley Stadium. During the tailgate, NAB will be supplying free food, playing music, and providing games like cornhole and trashcan pong. They will also be providing paint for students to have on their faces during the game.

“Tailgates are full of dancing, socializing, playing games, and it gives students an opportunity to meet new people, while also supporting their University,” said Ethan Autry, NAB pride chair. 

“Also, the theme for the game is green, so everyone should wear green and show up ready to have a great time.”

The home opener against Emporia State will kickoff at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30th at Doc Wadley Stadium. Gates will open an hour before kickoff.


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