On Thursday night, at the Bismarck Community Bowl, it was time for U-Mary to face the bitter truth. The preseason poll had Chadron State the #9 team in the country (which doesn’t mean anything when you put it together on the field), but the Eagles put on a tremendous display of what a #1 team should look like. Jesse Kozak did not look like a 5-year starter; he looked more like a freshman. His throws were errant and misfiring. Kozak is supposed to be the leader of this team, but he only completed 18 of 35 passes giving the Eagles plenty of soaring power. The Eagles were clicking on all cylinders. There was a bright spot. Down 20-0, the Marauders began to push the Eagles overboard when the QB Kozak used his comfort zone when he ran the ball in for 2 of U-Mary’s scores. Final Score: Chadron State – 37, U-Mary – 17. With the win, Chadron State goes to 1-0 and U-Mary goes to 0-1. Mary will travel to Upper Iowa for a 1:00 pm match up on Saturday 9/6 with the Peacocks (this game will be their Northern Sun opener). You can hear the pregame with Jack Michaels, Rick Anthony, and KFYR TV’s Geoff Groseclose.