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2018 Lights Football: Lights aim for new heights on defense

Northern begins a new season with a young, but talented defense


August 21, 2018

Colin Thompson

Members of the Montana State University-Northern defense tackle teammate Connor Crawford during Northern's fall scrimmage last Saturday in Havre. The Northern defense is looking to make vast improvements this season, but, they'll have to do it with young, and in some places, inexperienced players. Still, head coach Andrew Rolin says the Lights have made a lot of progress under defensive coordinator Jake Chestnut, especially in fall camp. For more Northern football previews, see Wednesday and Thursday's Havre Daily News sports pages.

There’s no way of getting around it. In 2017, the Montana State University-Northern football team struggled mightily on defense. And among the many things the Lights are changing under new head coach Andrew Rolin this season, being better on the defensive side of the ball is certainly one of them.

But what will be a young defense in 2018 will still have its work cut out it for it, as Northern has very few returning starters under new defensive coordinator Jake Chestnut, and yet Rolin has high hopes for his Lights on that side of the ball.

“No doubt we’re young on defense,” Rolin s...

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