Gameday on Oct. 8
Here’s the most recent look at Saturday’s game between No. 16 Montana and the Idaho State Bengals, who are playing in a better-lighted, nicer-carpeted, noisier Holt Arena these days. It’s the first of several possible tipping points for the Griz, who played their most complete game way back in week 2, in a 37-23 win over Cal Poly. This is week 6: The Griz are 3-2, the Bengals are 2-3 and getting back on track with Mike Kramer.
Nick Lockridge pointed this out in the Gameday Edge, but it will be interesting to see if Caleb McSurdy of the Griz crosses paths with his little brother Daniel today. Daniel is a freshman receiver for the Bengals. Caleb — “Dirty” — is a senior linebacker for the Grizzlies.
Another major subplot will be the play at quarterback for the Grizzlies. Jordan Johnson established himself as the starter but — again, with the exception of the Cal Poly game — hasn’t done well in the passing game. He can run the heck out of it, but so can Gerald Kemp, the subject of this week’s Q&A. Count Montana coach Robin Pflugrad among those who hope Johnson plays well against ISU. With Kemp and Nate Montana both playing well last week, he could soon have a QB controversy on his hands (if he hasn’t already).
One final note: Kemp, a San Diego native, has his favorite quote from the comedy cult classic, “Anchorman,” and you have to agree it’s solid. But I still like Ben Stiller’s cameo:
“Como esta, (deleted)! Spanish language news is here. Tonight’s top story, the sewers run red with Burgundy blood.”