Nearly 5,000 students, alums and fans packed into the Simplot Stadium in Caldwell for the College of Idaho football home opener Sept. 13—the first home game played by the school's football team in 37 years. The capacity crowd thrilled as the Coyotes prevailed over Montana Western 31-28, the team's second close victory in as many weeks.
"I don't think anybody really expected this," said
C of I coach Mike Moroski. "I'm just so happy for the alumni, the locals—people who remember when football was here."
The College of Idaho's football program was reinstated in 2012 after being shuttered in 1977. The Coyotes' first game
, at Pacific University in Forest Grove Sept. 6, ended in a 35-34 win, leaving the Yotes with a 2-0 record for the season.
Among the stars of the game was freshman safety (and Bishop Kelly High School graduate) Cory Brady, who intercepted three passes and tied for the team lead with seven tackles. Junior quarterback Teejay Gordon, of Manteca, Calif., was also a standout, finishing with 219 yards passing and a touchdown to go with 59 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Freshman kicker Luke Taylor, of Spokane, Wash., clinched the victory with a 22-yard field goal with 7:22 to play. Gordon secured the winning margin, running three kneel-down plays to kill the clock. The stadium erupted in cheers, with the student section rushing the field to celebrate the win.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Brady said. “We’ve had so many practices where those stands have been empty. I couldn’t ever imagine it being full. Today it was full. It was amazing being able to win for them today.”
The Coyotes' next game will be at Southern Oregon, Saturday, Sept. 20. The team's homecoming game is scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, at Simplot Stadium.