Bismarck Bucks home opener
The Bismarck Bucks have their first home game this Saturday against the Sioux Falls Storm.
This year is completely different than last. There's a new roster with the exception of Dickinson State's Antwan Amith. There's a new head coach in Rod Smith and they're playing in a new league, the IFL.
Rod Miller is an indoor football coaching veteran. Last season, he was on the staff with the Omaha Beef and seeing the Bucks home crowds was a big reason why he came to Bismarck.
"I'm very excited," Miller explained, "You know that was part of the reason why I came is because I know they had a crazy fan base and people made a lot of noise, and people were screaming, so I'm glad to be home. Its always good to be home, especially, you know, being here for eight to 10 weeks now., finally get a chance to be at home be inside our arena for the first time. So its a good feeling, we're excited about it."
The Bucks moved from the CIF to the IFL, and while the games might look the same, Miller believes there is more talent now especially in the trenches.
Miller, "You know, to me the biggest play in this league is line play. I think the line play in this league is upgraded from the CIF pretty much the rules are pretty much the same. The only difference, there is no tight end in this league, so defensively it makes it a little bit better for you that you don't have the tight end to worry about. But besides that, you're going to see the same action, same kind of play same kind of formation."
The Bucks are looking for their first win of the season on Saturday. It's a 6:05 p.m. CD start against Sioux Falls.