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The Bulldog football team will take their show on the road when they play their red and black scrimmage in Ronan, Mont. Kickoff is 1 p.m. from the Ronan H.S. field. By Wally Feldt Fans in the northwest corner of Montana will get a good look at the University of Montana Western football team when the Bulldogs play their annual red and black scrimmage on Saturday, April 17 in Ronan, Mont. Kickoff is 1 p.m. from the Ronan High School field. This will a homecoming of sorts for 25 of the Bulldog players who come from the Flathead area, and coach Rich Ferris is looking to make the scrimmage in Ronan a regular event. “If we go up there again, I would like to have some type of award we present at halftime,” Ferris noted. “I'd like to get a committee of people from there to select two people that come from great families, who work hard in school, and would make great future Bulldogs.” The event will be Bulldog vs Bulldog in a 60-minute game. The draft of players was held last week by Bulldog coaches at motel in Nevada during a coaching clinic. “I divided the staff in half,” Ferris said. “I stayed neutral. The rules were defined and redefined and then the drafting began. There was good-natured fun with arguing, laughing, and drafting. I have a great staff with young guys who are doing a great job.” Ferris has been pleased with the spring season and said there have been some pleasant surprises including a Bulldog basketball player who has added football to his college athletic resume. “Nate Sawin at right tackle has been a huge surprise for us this spring,” Ferris said. “We have had injuries this spring and one was to Andrew Marcure, our starting right tackle last year.  Nate is playing really well and Andrew will have a big battle to keep his starting role in the fall. The really big surprise though was how many of the young guys have stepped up. Because of the injuries, freshmen had to play and they really stepped up and did a great job. They didn’t have a choice and made the most of it. That helps our depth and pushes the older guys because the young guys now know what they are doing.” Montana Western will close their spring season on Saturday, April 24 with the annual alumni game. The Bulldogs open their 2010 season on Saturday, Aug. 28 at home against conference rival Montana State University-Northern.