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Defensive lineman Tell Spies (92) celebrates with teammates Quillan Felton (4) and Delonte Dickey (17) after a sack. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

Football outlasts Northeastern State in home opener

Jon Willis September 15, 2023

After a week one defeat at the hands of Central Oklahoma, the Lopers bounced back in their home opener on Saturday, winning 31-17 over Northeastern State. It was an uneasy feeling throughout the game,...

Wide receiver JerQon Conners blocks for quarterback TJ Davis on the perimeter. Courtesy Photo

Lopers come up short in Oklahoma to start season

Shelby Berglund September 8, 2023

The Loper football team was unable to complete their comeback at Central Oklahoma Thursday night, falling 24-21 in their season opener. The turning point for the Lopers was a roughing-the-punter penalty...

Loper football enters a new chapter under coach Ryan Held. The Lopers finished 8-3 record a season ago, just missing out on the postseason. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

Lopers plan to skip rebuild year under new staff

Traeton Harimon August 21, 2023

The Loper football team was picked to finish fifth and sixth in the MIAA coaches and media polls this preseason, under the assumption that this year will be a rebuild under a new staff.  An assumption...

UNKs plan is to have a video board by fall 2024. Courtesy of UNK Athletics

Lopers creating new football experience with additions

Grant Tighe May 17, 2023

Football at Ron & Carol Cope Stadium is going to look a little different in a few years. That is, if the UNK athletic program can get the funds it needs to make the upgrades that they envision. Program...

Colby Ellis coached wide receivers at North Alabama before UNK. Photo by Ethan McCormick / Antelope Staff

New coach provides experience in fast offensive scheme

NATHAN LOWTHER April 6, 2023 It’s a new era for UNK football, and although offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Colby Ellis has new responsibilities, he isn’t worried about his new roles.  This...

UNK football specialists. Courtesy photo

Just for kicks: The Lifestyle and pressure facing football specialists

KYLE FAILING April 6, 2023 On a traditional American football team there are offensive and defensive players, and most of the time a few specialists as well. Specialists are a group of players that...

Football on field.

Lincoln departs MIAA, will face Lopers for final time in 2023

ALEX HAMMEKE February 9, 2023 Lincoln’s departure from the MIAA created an interesting wrinkle for the 2023 football season, with the Blue Tigers labeled as a non-conference opponent. This has made...

UNK football team. Photo provided by Nate Lilla / Antelope Staff

Lopers miss out on postseason with limited bowl options

GRANT TIGHE November 16, 2022 The Loper football team finished its season with a 42-0 with over Northeastern State Saturday. With an 8-3 record, the Lopers missed the playoffs in the highly competitive...

Montrez Jackson has rushed for 284 yards this season. Photo provided by Nate Lilla / Antelope Staff

Last-minute Lopers survive Central Oklahoma scare

KEVIN BURD November 9, 2022 With a little over two minutes remaining, Central Oklahoma had a chance to cement a victory over UNK on fourth-and-1 from the UNK 24-yard line. The Bronchos set to go for...

Luke Blatchford eludes a tackler while diving into the end zone for the first touchdown of his career. Photo provided by Zahira Lopez / Antelope Staff

Lopers fight through offensive troubles against rival

GRANT TIGHE October 5, 2022 The UNK football team aimed to get their first MIAA victory against Fort Hays State on Saturday night. After the Tigers cut UNK’s lead to one point, the Lopers were trying...

Loper quarterback T.J. Davis has led the Lopers in rushing this year with 273 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Photo provided by Kylie Schwab / UNK Staff

Lopers lose heartbreaker: Fall to Pittsburg State on late TD bomb

GRANT TIGHE September 14, 2022 Anthony Orajekwe was right there. He was just half a second too late. The defensive lineman got a hit on Pittsburg State quarterback, Chad Dodson Jr., but not before he...

Hunter Kraus 69-yard punt last year was a career-high. File photo

Loper punter voted team captain after breakout season

GRANT TIGHE September 8, 2022 UNK’s Hunter Kraus came to the team as a walk-on. It was his only offer out of Twin Loup High School.  This year, the punter was voted a team captain. “It...

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