South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Chadron State College, South Dakota State and Wyoming will close their spring football seasons on Saturday with their respective spring games.
That is, if they are all actually playing games, which they aren't.
The Hardrockers will close things out with a controlled scrimmage (1 p.m., O’Harra Stadium) that will also feature some alumni. Head coach Stacy Collins said they want to put their players against their own players in different situations and will sprinkle the alumni on the field in other situations.
“It allows us to get the work done that we need to get done and it allows the alumni to be part of the weekend and be a part of how we are doing it,” Collins said. “It is so important for us to understand the situations and make sure we script those situations to where things happen that are going to happen on game day.
"Just throwing the ball out there and playing a game with a running clock, when we did that in the past, I don’t know if we got a lot out of it. With only 15 practices, if you don’t take advantage of each one, you are cheating yourself and we don’t want to do that.”
Chadron State takes to the field at 10 a.m., with action beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Eagles head coach Jay Long said that during the early portion of the spring, the defense was well ahead of the offense when they locked up in contact. However, he said as the young quarterbacks improved and the offense has played together more it began making plays that narrowed the gap.
Long added that numerous younger players have been demonstrating they will be ready contribute next season.
"We just have to keep them growing," he said.
He also said because of the progress made by players who will be sophomores and redshirt freshmen, the Eagles should have more depth this fall.
"We seem to be two-deep at most of the positions," Long added.
Black Hills State University played its spring game last Saturday at Lyle Hare stadium.