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OGDEN — This week is an important week for Weber State football in several respects.
First, the Wildcats are trying to avoid losing to the Idaho State Bengals for the first time in a decade. Second, the Wildcats are trying to avoid having the heat increase any more on head coach Jody Sears. And finally, the Wildcats are just trying to experience a win — having not seen one since week one against Stephen F. Austin.
Last week, the Wildcats found themselves on the losing end of one of their worst defeats of the season — a 42-6 bludgeoning at the hands of the Montana Grizzlies.
Sears said his mindset is still focused on the process of turning the Weber program into a consistent winner.
“It’s all about the process,” Sears said during the weekly Big Sky Conference coaches’ call. “We’re trying to build a program that’s going to be able to sustain itself throughout the course of time and have some consistent success. And, in building that: one — you’ve got to play young kids, and you’ve got to build it from the ground up.”
This week, Weber State takes on an improved Idaho State team that Sears has a great deal of respect for.
“It’s very obvious coach Krame (Idaho State coach Mike Kramer) has done a great job with those guys,” Sears said. “They’re not the same team they were last year, or the year before. Played them the last two years, and they’ve done a great job.”
Sears noted the Wildcats will need to play a strong all-around game, but especially on offense as the Idaho State defense has improved much since last year’s matchup in Pocatello — a game Weber State won, 40-14, while rushing for 417 yards.
“Those guys up front are pretty stout, and they’re not getting pushed around much,” he said. “They’re doing a lot better job this year than last year, and especially versus the run. They’re very strong.”