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Eagles look for fresh start with WIAC opener

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A bye week following two blowout losses is allowing the Eagles to hit the reset button on their season.

The arrival of the conference season allows a fresh start too.

UW-La Crosse is preparing for their conference opener Saturday at UW-River Falls.

The game comes on the heels of a couple of rough outings in which they were outscored 94-17 to two nationally ranked opponents. A win would certainly give the Eagles a jump start, one they've been seeking since that season-opening win against Luther.

"We're excited to go up there and play a good football team.  Conference opener is always an important one.  You want to make a good impression and have a chance to be in first place after the first week," said head coach Joel Dettwiler.

"The first three games didn't go quite as planned.  But it's a new season come conference.  We lost to them at their place last year so we're ready to go back there and get a 'W' this time," said receiver Joel Oxton.

Four of the last six meetings between the two schools have gone into overtime.

River Falls won last year's game 16-13.

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