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LA Tech ready for rematch with NSU

July 20, 2017

IRVING, TX - The series between Louisiana Tech and Northwestern State dates back to the early 1900s and the last time these two teams met the Demons came away with the upset win. With the two opening the season in September, the Bulldogs say they’re ready to face the Demons once again.

“There’s a lot of tradition in that game, there’s a lot of history in that game and when you talk to people that have been involved with that from either side, it’s a game that sparks emotion. It’s a game that sparks excitement and energy and enthusiasm and I think for us it’s going to be a great honor to have the opportunity to play them again,” said head coach Skip Holtz.

“I’m very familiar with that rivalry because freshman year we opened up with them and they actually beats us so you know have something out for them, but it’s very competitive when we play them,” added senior safety Secdrick Cooper.

“Oh yeah I watched film and I don’t like the way that we lost like that so it’s a chip on my shoulder even though I haven’t played them, but just knowing that a team that wasn’t supposed to win won that game and we just know we have to come back and compete and just try to do the best we can,” explained quarterback J’Mar Smith.

Despite a rough year for the Demons in 2016, Tech head coach Skip Holtz says that has no bearing on how he’ll prepare his team for the season opener, “It won’t be hard. This football team will not overlook the first one. I can promise you that because we will watch that game a hundred times leading up to the opening football game and I know there’s a lot of people that are excited about the second game and seven home games and going to South Carolina and some of the different great games that we have on our schedule this year, but we can’t play any of those until we play that first one and that’s the only one I want to play right now.”

The Bulldogs play two SEC teams along with the rematch against Conference USA champs Western Kentucky in the first four games, but based of what was said Wednesday, there’s no looking ahead.