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Yotes fever has caught on as the College of Idaho prepares for home playoff game

Posted at 12:57 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 14:57:16-05

CALDWELL, Idaho — It has been a magical season for the College of Idaho who went 10-0 in the regular season and even clinched the Frontier Conference championship before they played their final game of the season.

The Yotes have been rewarded for their hard work as they get to host their first ever playoff game in school history as the Spirit comes to Caldwell, Ottawa University is a new school out of Arizona.

"It is my senior year so getting to play another home game is awesome," said Tristen Alesi a senior defensive back. "I've been playing this sport since I was six-years-old and the fact that I get to further my collegiate career just means the world to me."

College of Idaho didn't have a football program for 37 years, but when the school brought it back in 2014 coach Mike Moroski started building the program around family.

The community took notice and Yotes fever has caught on big time in Caldwell.

"You go into any store in Caldwell wearing Yotes gear and people come up to you and ask how you are doing," said Alesi. "It's just an awesome environment, a small town vibe but you feel like you are on top of the world here."

The Yotes will need to win three games to make it to the NAIA championship game in Louisiana and that mission starts at noon on Saturday.

"Lookiing forward to it, I can't wait and I think all of us are excited for the biggest game in history since we brought football back," said Connor Richardson a junior wide receiver. "Excited for the opportunity to make a run at this thing, to survive and advance."