Bemidji State-St. Cloud State first thoughts

Happy Friday everyone!

Bemidji State will host St. Cloud State Saturday at Chet Anderson Stadium in the homecoming football game at 1 p.m.

Homecoming is big enough as it is and the game will be meaningful for the Beavers in many ways. If the Beavers want to think about the playoffs this year, a win against Wayne State next week is probably essential. But next week will be diminished if the Beavers lose to the Huskies this week.

Head coach Jeff Tesch said yesterday that the homecoming game against St. Cloud will determine if the Beavers are ‘pretenders or contenders.’

This year I’ve started producing video reports for The Pioneer. It gets me out of my comfort zone a bit, but I’m enjoying it and I think our readers appreciate it. Plus, it gives you a chance to see the team on a more personal level.

Here’s this week’s video

On a personal note, this is my first game covering St. Cloud State football since I graduated in 2004. It was my first and only season covering the Husky football team as a writer for the University Chronicle student newspaper. It was also the first year of football at Husky Stadium. The Huskies were in the NCC then and had a solid team with quarterback Dan Kaczor and running back Matt Birkel.

The last game I covered was at Husky Stadium in November 2004 – a playoff game between North Dakota and St. Cloud State. The game was memorable for many reasons, even if the ending was tough to take. UND kicker Jeff Glas had a chance to end the game in regulation with a last-second field goal. He was the best kicker in the NCC that year…and he missed.

It felt as though the Huskies were going to win. But Glas redeemed himself with a 32-yard field goal in double overtime to lift UND to the 20-17 victory, ending the Huskies season.

You can read the story at the link below. Boy I’m glad my writing has improved since then. If I ever use the cliche "Deja Vu" in a story again, feel free to slap me in the face.

Interestingly, I came across the Glas name again in Bemidji. Jeff’s father is Rich Glas, who grew up in Bemidji and is a 1970 Bemidji State grad. Rich Glas was the coach of the UND basketball team during Jeff’s years with UND football. He went on to a coaching stint at Division I Northern Iowa and now he’s the head coach of the Concordia Cobbers basketball team.

I also believe Rich Glas is the son of John Glas- the former BSU president to wich the hockey arena was named after (John S. Glas Fieldhouse).

Late add: St. Cloud State beat writer Andy Rennecke has a preview in his blog this week of the game in which SCSU head coach Scott Underwood has some nice things to say about the Beavers. Check it out at the link below.