Fort Lewis College has done this for years.
Adams State College is just getting started.
The difference in the two men's soccer programs was evident everywhere - from the national anthem, to the play on the pitch, to the final stat sheet.
"Like the alumni game, like the St. Mary's game, like (Sunday's) game, we just have to keep playing the whole time," Skyhawks rookie head coach Oige Kennedy said. "We really haven't played a strong opponent yet, so we're trying not to believe our own hype.
"We're just trying to do what we can."
Fort Lewis, a three-time player in the Division II national championship game, defeated Adams State, a first-year program, 9-1 on Sunday afternoon at Dirks Field.
"It's tough in these types of games, because coach gets on us about keeping the pace, but it's hard to keep that pace going," Skyhawks midfielder Tom Settle said of the pitfalls from playing against decidedly inferior opponents.
"They slow you down. They weren't closing down on us at all. They were giving us too much time."
Settle took seven of the Skyhawks' nine first-half corner kicks, and two of them led to goals. He scored the game's first goal in the 7th minute of the match.
Keane Hamilton outhustled Adams' center back Caleb Johnson to a loose ball deep in Jarod Thomas' goalie box. Johnson and Thomas collided, while Hamilton escaped with the ball on the end line. He centered to Settle, who tapped a one-timer off his instep for a 1-0 lead.
The pressure never ceased:
Fabian Kling scored a header in the 22nd minute; Settle scored a header in the 28th minute; Jamie Cunningham scored a header in the 35th minute; Euan Purcell scored in the 41st minute; Abdel Becerra scored a header in the 42nd minute.
The only hiccup in the 'Hawks' first half came off the feet of goalkeeper Zane Wells.
Fort Lewis midfielder Cory Dean collected Sam Morris' cleared corner kick in space about 35 feet upfield, and the freshman reserve elected to play the ball backwards to the defense. The ball, never crisply played from the midfield to the defense, eventually made its way back to Wells, who tried to switch fields to Cunningham.
Well outside his box, Wells played the ball short.
Jordan Selland intercepted the errant pass and quickly found the back of the net with a long shot to make it a 4-1 game in the 39th minute.
"That was disappointing, because we talked about it," Kennedy said. "There is a tendency to switch off against teams like this.
"In all fairness to Zane, though, that's probably the first mistake he's made since two years ago against Metro State, and he spent the next two weeks in the weight room. I thought he handled (today's mistake) well."
"Honestly, that was probably the only way they were going to score against us," Settle said.
Wells, last year's Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and this year's preseason choice for the award, made three saves in the Skyhawks' (2-0-0) victory, which will not count in the RMAC standings.
Adams State (0-1-1), while a member of the conference, will not be eligible to play for a conference championship this season and won't be a full member of the conference until next season. None of its games this season will count in the RMAC standings.
"Our guys showed they can be competitive with each other," said Kennedy, whose bench played seven deep.
"I was really impressed with (Thomas) Hoang and Dimo (Dimosthenis Kyrmanidis). They really want to get their starting place."
Kennedy also mentioned Dean and defensemen Berekk Blackwell and RJ Parke, the redshirt freshman from Durango High School who has played minutes in both regular-season games this season.
Ryan Wirth, a redshirt freshman goalie from Bayfield High School, made his FLC debut to a loud ovation from the bleachers. With two minutes left in regulation, Wirth went high in the air - in traffic - to catch a set piece that entered the box from midfield.
"We've got a lot of guys still competing for starts," Kennedy said.
Purcell completed a hat trick with the first two goals of the second half, and Kyle Wood, who made several successful runs from his fullback position down the sidelines, finished the Skyhawks' scoring in the 77th minute.
"We were running down the wings all day, just like we do in training - overlapping - Woody every time," Settle said. "We created a lot of chances."