Posted: Sep 19, 2012 8:28 AM by Derek Buerkle - KPAX Sports
Updated: Sep 19, 2012 7:58 AM
MISSOULA- They're young, but they're still good.
The Montana Grizzlies finished non-conference play with two impressive home wins, and a close loss on the road to nationally ranked Appalachian State.
The games now start to matter a little bit more, and the Grizzlies inexperience can't be an excuse any more.
Montana's green secondary gave up over 300 yards through the air to Liberty's backup quarterback, and opponents are completing over 72 percent of their passes this season.
However, Coach Mick Delaney praises the progress the group is making. And their biggest help might come from an also inexperienced defensive line that is starting to get to the quarterback.
"When we get pressure on the quarterback, quarterback's going to make bad decisions, quick decisions. And that affects everyone really. It affects our coverages. If we can get him flushed out of the pocket, or what not, it makes their job easier. And it puts us in situations where it's third and long, or we're able to come up with a big play and get a turnover," defensive end Zack Wagenmann explained.
Montana recorded five sacks against the Flames, including a couple by Wagenmann.
Conference play kicks-off at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon when the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks come to town for the Grizzlies homecoming game.