Frontier Notebook Van Diest returns to Nelson Stadium with a vastly-improved Northern defense

Frontier Conference Notebook


Last updated 10/5/2021 at 1:18pm

Colin Thompson

Montana State University-Northern defensive coordinator Mike Van Diest, right, is excited on the sidelines during a recent Frontier Conference game at Tilleman Field. Van Diest will make his return to Nelson Stadium when the Lights take on Carroll College this Saturday. Van Diest won six national championships at Carroll College.

Just when it looked like the Frontier was getting somewhat settled, last Saturday was like an earthquake that rattled the entire league. And the biggest winner was the Rocky Mountain College Battlin' Bears.

Going into last Saturday, Montana Western seemed like the team to beat in the Frontier, but Rocky changed all that with a 41-31 win over the Dawgs in Billings. On that same day, Carroll College upset College of Idaho in Caldwell, and Southern Oregon blew out rival Eastern Oregon, handing their second straight loss after a 3-0 start. And when the dust settled on all that, it was Rocky th...

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