Red Raiders hope to reload at key positions

Northwestern coach Kyle Achterhoff speaks at GPAC media days
August 7 in Lincoln.

Last season, the Northwestern College football team started the year losing two of its first four games. But the Red Raiders bounced back, winning their next six games, including a 38-28 upset of No. 1 Morningside, en route to the program’s second straight national playoff appearance.

Northwestern was voted second in the Great Plains Athletic Conference in both the coaches and media polls. The Red Raiders won’t have to wait long to get the season started, as they are one of two GPAC teams beginning their season in August. Northwestern will host Bacone College (Okla.) on Aug. 30 at 1 p.m.

“Every year has it challenges. Our first challenge will be to get our guys prepared very quickly for our opening game against Bacone College from Oklahoma. That will be in Orange City (Iowa) on Aug. 30. We know they’re a quality opponent,” said Northwestern head coach Kyle Achterhoff. “We have a bye week right after that, so we get an extra week to prepare for Doane. They’ll be at our place for the conference opener on (Sept. 13). ”

Graduation hit the Red Raiders hard, especially on offense. Northwestern loses its starting running back, Theo Bartman, and quarterback Davis Bloemendaal, who was second in the GPAC in passing and third in total offense.

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