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As they have for months, Dixie State football had September 5 circled on its calendar.

Not only was it the Trailblazers’ first football game as a Division I program, but it was also against the team up north, Southern Utah University.

Coach Paul Peterson knows this team well, after all he was the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at SUU for four seasons, and knows a potential rivalry could be in the making.

“We hate those guys, man,” Peterson said jokingly. “I have a lot of respect for Demario Warren, a coach of mine, and a lot of those guys on that staff I know.”

That game is gone, for now at least — DSU is scheduled to play at SUU in 2020 — but there