Weber State University will be looking to go 2-0 on the year as the Wildcats host NAIA Montana Tech, tonight, 6:05 p.m. in Wildcat Stadium.
The Wildcats dumped Western Montana 30-12 in their home opener last week before 12,063 fans.Weber had a good defensive outing in its opener, holding Western Montana to 221 yards total offense - 54 on the ground and 167 passing.
And while the 'Cats managed to put 30 points on the scoreboard and roll up 453 yards in total offense, it wasn't a really consistent outing on offense.
And there may be more of the same this week as coach Dave Arslanian tries to firm up a couple positions on offense. Arslanian admitted following the Western Montana game that rotating four running backs and two quarterbacks created some inconsistencies. But, he said, the intent was to give the coaching staff an opportunity to look at as many players as possible in "real game" situations. He suggested that he will take the same approach against Montana Tech.
"After that we'll have to make our decisions and be ready to go for the conference," Arslanian said last week.
Montana Tech brings an 0-2 record into the first-ever meeting between the schools. The Orediggers fell to Hastings College, Neb., 39-22 in their opener Aug. 27 and lost to Humboldt State 30-21 last week.
The Orediggers are experienced with eight returning starters on offense and seven on defense from a team that went 5-4 last year. The top offensive threat is runningback Ty Starkel, a 5-11, 209-pound junior, who ran for 977 yards and 15 touchdowns in 1993. On defense, the Orediggers rely on all-conference first teamers Derek Kraus (cornerback), Wayne Stoltz (free safety) and Mike Turcotte (defensive end).
For Weber, wide receiver-kick returner Pokey Eckford will be looking to have another strong outing. Eckford returned a punt 83 yards for one score and was on the receiving end of a 92-yard touchdown pass in the opening game. Running back Larry Rogers, who scored on a 54 yard touchdown run, will be vying with Von Robinson, Aaron Fisher and Reggie Carter to nail down the starting runningback slot.
And, the Wildcats will be looking for another strong outing in the bleachers where they must average 10,000 fans this year to keep the football program financially afloat.