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Idaho State football hosts Simis, No. 22 Montana

Montana quarterback Makena Simis (17) throws a pass against North Dakota in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Missoula, Mont. Montana defeated North Dakota, 42-16.
Montana quarterback Makena Simis (17) throws a pass against North Dakota in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Missoula, Mont. Montana defeated North Dakota, 42-16. The Associated Press

Idaho State is hoping to salvage a rough season when it hosts No. 22 Montana at Holt Arena at 2:35 p.m. Saturday.

Idaho State (2-6, 1-4 Big Sky) will not have a winning season, with three games left. They’re coming off a 38-13 loss at Sacramento State on Oct. 24, a loss against a Hornets team that was averaging 11 points per game against Division I competition. In No. 22 Montana (4-4, 3-2), the Bengals face a familiar name. Sophomore QB Makena Simis (Capital High) has started the past two games, tying a school record with six TDs Oct. 24 against North Dakota, then throwing three interceptions in the first quarter and taking five sacks in a loss to Portland State on Oct. 31.

He’s the third starter the team has used. Brady Gustafson and Idaho transfer Chad Chalich both have had injuries. Simis is listed as the starter again this week in his home state. Coach Bob Stitt hopes Simis comes out firing.

“We needed better play out of our quarterback in the first quarter when we had pretty good field position,” Stitt said.

Dave Southorn: 208-377-6420, @IDS_southorn

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