The Black Hills State football team is looking to improve upon a 2017 campaign that saw the Yellow Jackets go 4-6 as they went 1-4 over their final five games last season.
Head coach John Reiners says that with leaders such as quarterback Ryan Hommel, safety Drew Hebel and linebackers Jarrell Ganaway and Luis Bach returning expectations in Spearfish are high.
The Jackets will get a tough test right off the bat as they travel to Nebraska to take on Chadron State in the opener on Sept. 1st. The Eagles dropped Black Hills 35-14 last year in Spearfish.
Reiners said, "Guys have been working hard all summer, really putting hard work, a lot of time in. I had a ton of guys who stuck around here in Spearfish all summer and then the guys that went home, obviously we could tell that they went home and worked out.
"At our testing the other night we had a few young guys that failed and that's gonna happen. College football is a different ballgame but overall we're happy with our conditioning and how we came into camp and just the way these guys have been preparing for the 2018 season."
The Yellow Jackets will play Chadron in a night game at 6:30 on Saturday, September 1st to open the Eagles refurbished Don Beebe Stadium, before returning to Spearfish for their home opener at Lyle Hare Stadium on September 8th against perennial Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference power Colorado Mines.