The meaning behind Pack football's mysterious "gold box"

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PUEBLO, Colo. - Pack football's "gold box" isn't anything tangible. You can't hold it. It isn't a prize, like a turnover chain (although the Thunderwolves have one of those too).

Rather, the gold box is a mentality. Inside the box, a successful season for Pack football. The key to the box? A strong end to the regular season. And after a 9-1 record heading into the Saturday's regular season finale, the No. 10 Thunderwolves players have bought into the metaphor.

"It's part of our DNA in our program," Head Coach John Wristen said Thursday. "We want to play our best ball the last three weeks of the year. That gold box leads to a bigger gold box. It gives you a chance to hopefully play for something in the playoffs."

"[The coaches] say people don't remember the September, October games," Pack wide receiver Isaiah Diggs said. "They remember the November, December games. Right now the way we're playing in November...we're picking up steam, and I like that."

The Thunderwolves are quickly turning into a complete team. The Pack have outscored opponents 179-47 in their last four games. Defensively, CSU-Pueblo picked off Black Hill State five times in the second half, preserving a 58-0 victory last week to advance to 9-1 on the season and 8-1 in the RMAC.

CSU-Pueblo's regular season finale will be played November 16th at 12:00 p.m. from the Thunderbowl against Western Colorado. With a win, the Pack are all but guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Division II Playoffs for a third consecutive season.