Forest City, Iowa First games can be frightful, so Haskell Indian Nations University football coach Eric Brock naturally is concerned about today's season opener.
"You never now what a team is going to do new," Brock said. "That's always the million-dollar question."
Waldorf College started new last season, compiling an 0-10 record -- including a 12-0 loss to Haskell -- in its first season as a four-year school.
Now the Warriors, under veteran coach David Bolstorff, figure to have an influx of new talent.
Kickoff will be 2 p.m. today at Bolstorff Stadium.
"Their coach has been there 34 years," Brock said, "and we know his offense is option-based and that they run out of the huddle. That's not likely to change. We know their concepts, but exactly what they're going to do we don't know."
The Indians could pull some surprises, too, because Brock has 45 freshmen on his 70-man roster. Many of the newcomers will play prominent roles.
"We have a lot of talent that has come in," said junior linebacker A.J. Leading Fox, one of only seven upperclassmen on the HINU roster. "People will say we're a young team, but the young players are talented."
Leading Fox came to Haskell when Brock did, so this is his third preseason camp.
"This year we've had to work hard," Leading Fox said, "because there are so many good guys at each position."
The Fightin' Indians compiled a 3-6 record last season, but the three victories came against teams with a combined record of 2-28.
Haskell will open at home Saturday against Trinity Bible College, another school that was winless (0-9) last season.