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HELENA, Mont. – Carroll College Athletics and Lyons Productions have teamed up to broadcasts Saturday’s NAIA Football Championship Series game between Carroll College and Valley City State to a statewide audience in high Definition via the CW.

The game will be shown in Helena, Billings, Butte, Bozeman Glendive, Great Falls, Kalispell and Missoula.

It will also be broadcast in the Fargo, N.D. market, which includes Valley City, N.D. home of Valley City State, via WDAY'Z Xtra Channel.

Jon Stepanek will provide play-by-play and Joe McMahon will be the color commentator.

Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.


Market OTA Channel Cable Channel
Billings 2.2 11
Butte-Bozeman 4.2 16
Glandive 2.2 22
Great Falls 3.2 2
Helena 10.1 10
Missoula/Kalispell 8.2 18
Fargo/Valley City 6.3 CSI-10
    Cable One-29



The top-ranked Carroll College Saints host No. 14 Valley City State at Nelson Stadium on 12 p.m. Saturday in first-round of the NAIA Playoffs. The Saints and Vikings last played in the opening round of the 2011 playoffs when the Saints defeated VCSU 47-0. 

The Saints are 9-1 after defeating the College of Idaho 69-12. Carroll Averages 472.7 yards per game on offense and allows a Frontier-best average of 305.7 yards per game on defense. 

The Valley City State is 9-1 on the season. Their lone loss of the season came at the hands of former No. 1 Morningside in week two.  They have the second longest current winning streak in the country at eight-straight victories. (Carroll is the lonest with nine-straight.) 


Dustin Rinker ran for 177 yards and four touchdowns and the Saints cruised to an easy victory over the first-year program College of Idaho. The Saints passing attack didn't slouch wither. Mac Roche was 12- 21 for 230 yards and three touchdowns, most of which came in the first half.The Carroll defense held the Yotes to just 278 yards. It is the eighth time in ten games that the Saints have allowed their opponents to score 14 points or less.

The Saints also received help from Eastern Oregon. The Mountaineers defeated Southern Oregon 31-27 to give the Saints the outright Frontier Conference title.


Saturday's matchup features two of the most efficient quarterbacks in the country. Carroll's Mac Roche is second in the nation with a 178.2. Viking quarterback Kurtis Walls is third in the nation with a 176.9.  Receiver Antoine Griffin ranks in the top ten in eight statistical categories. 

VCSU averages 462.6 yards per game on offense and allows 319.7 yards per game on defense.The Vikings are the North Star Conference Champions with a perfect 6-0 record.


• The Saints defense leads the Frontier Conference with 16.4  points per game allowed in the first eight games. 

• Carroll is the top team in the Frontier Conference for total defense with 304.6 yards per game allowed. 

• The Saints are second in the conference for scoring offense at 40.5 points per game. 

• Carroll is the top team in the conference for Pass Efficiency with an efficiency rating of 176.

• The Saints are second in the Conference in Sacks allowed with just 1.4 sacks per game. 

• Carroll is the fifth ranked team in the nation for scoring defense.

• Carroll is the seventh ranked team in the nation for scoring offense per game.

• The Saints have outscored their opponents 148-50 in the second quarter. 

• Mac Roche ranks second in NAIA for Pass Efficiency at 178.2.

• Mac Roche ranks 13th in NAIA for Passing yards per game at 251.2.

• Mac Roche ranks 12th in NAIA for total offense per game at 267.3.

• Dustin Rinker surpassed Chance Demarais' career record mark on Oct. 25 against Montana Tech.  The senior has 5069 Career yards.

• Dustin Rinker ranks fifth in NAIA in rushing yards per game at 132. 

• Dustin Rinker has moved into the ninth spot in the NAIA all-time rushing record top-10. He now sits behind Elon's Bobby Henrdick (1977-80) who had 5,194 yards. 

• Dustin Rinker ranks fifth in NAIA in scoring per game at 10.2 points per game.  

• Punter Rhys Felton is ranked fifth in NAIA in Yards per Attempt with 42.6.

• Anthony Clarke ranks eighth in NAIA for receiving yards per game at 109.7 yards per game.

• Anthony Clarke is ranked 11th in NAIA in receptions per game at 6.6.

• Anthony Clarke is ranked in the top 41 in the nation in receptions per game, receiving yards per game, total receptions, and total receiving yards, all purpose yards, all purpose yards per game, scoring, scoring per game, total scoring and total punt returns. 

• Sean Blomquist is now the Carroll all-time tackles for loss record holder with 51 career TFL.

• Head Coach Mike Van Diest has the best winning percentage (.864) of any active college football coach with more than ten years of experience.

• 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Carroll Athletics. The Saints have tallied 42 conference championships and six national titles. 

• Carroll owns a qualifier-best 16-5 all-time record in the FCS First Round, including a string of 13-straight wins. The Fighting Saints last first-round loss came against Montana Tech, 49-28, in 1996.

• The Fighting Saints enter the FCS riding an NAIA-best nine-game winning streak. The next longest streak is eight games, held by Ottawa (Kan.) and Valley City State (N.D.)

• Carroll has a 24-2 home playoff record since the opening of Nelson Stadium in 2001. 

• Carroll is 27-6 overall at home in the NAIA Playoffs.



• Carroll has the most experience among the Football Championship Series (FCS) qualifiers with 22 appearances and a NAIA record six national championships – all coming between 2002 and 2010. The Fighting Saints last title came in 2010 when they knocked off former-member Sioux Falls (S.D.), 10-7. Carroll has also finished runner-up twice (2011, 2008).

• Six of the 16 teams in this year's FCS own at least one national title – Carroll (6), Georgetown (Ky.) (3), Northwestern (Iowa) (2), Grand View (Iowa) (1), Marian (Ind.) (1) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (1)

• Morningside (Iowa) (11) holds the longest active streak of consecutive postseason appearances, followed by Ottawa (Kan.) (5)

• There are no unbeaten teams in the playoffs for the first time since the 1994 season.

• Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is the only newcomer in the FCS this season.

• There are eight repeat programs from the 2013 FCS First Round – Carroll, Faulkner (Ala.), Georgetown, Grand View, Missouri Valley, Morningside, Northwestern and Ottawa (Kan.).

• Langston (Okla.), which last appeared in the 2009 FCS, snaps the longest drought among the qualifiers. The Lions are 2-5 all-time in five previous playoff appearances.

• Six programs have made at least 10 FCS appearances – Carroll (22), Georgetown (20), Northwestern (18), Missouri Valley (12), MidAmerica Nazarene (11) and Morningside (11).

• Ten of the NAIA's 12 conference are represented in the first round of the FCS, including two programs from the Frontier Conference, Mid-States Football Association Midwest League, Mid-South Conference West Division, Great Plains Athletic Conference, Heart of America Athletic Conference and the Mid-South Conference East Division

HELENA, Mont. – The top-ranked Carroll College Saints face No. 14 Valley City State (N.D.) in the first round of the NAIA playoffs Saturday at 12 p.m. at Nelson Stadium.

The Vikings are the North Star champions and have a 9-1 record. Their lone loss came at the hands of No. 4 Morningside in the second week of the season.

Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Monday to season ticket holders who will have until Tuesday at 5 p.m. to purchase their seats. Any remaining seats will be released to the general public at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Tickets are $5 for Carroll students, $6 for Children/senior general admission, $12 for adult general admission. $17, $18 and $19 for reserved seats and $34 for club level seats.

Tickets are available at the athletics office in the PE Center or by calling the athletics office at 406-447-4480.

Sean Condon is a perfectionist. For some players, that could be a maddening trait. But for Carroll's senior defensive end, it turns out that it isn't all that bad. Mostly because, in truth, he rarely makes mistakes.

"Sean is so smart. He's just one of those guys that knows the game of football," coach Mike Van Diest said. "He knows what he can do and he studies the offensive linemen. To a T, he sets things up. It's not just going out there and playing school-yard football. He's a consummate student-athlete. He's big time. He's as good a football player and scholar-athlete that's ever come through this program."

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HELENA, Mont. – The Carroll College Fighting Saints defeated the College of Idaho 69-12 in the regular season finale to move to 9-1. The Saints also received help from Eastern Oregon. The Mountaineers defeated Southern Oregon 31-27 to give the Saints the outright Frontier Conference title .

Dustin Rinker ran for 170 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Carroll attack that piled up 398 yards rushing and seven touchdowns.  

The Saints passing attack didn’t slouch wither. Mac Roche was 12- 21 for 230 yards and three touchdowns, most of which came in the first half.

The Carroll defense held the Yotes to just 278 yards. It is the eighth time in ten games that the Saints have allowed their opponents to score 14 points or less.

The Saints scored on their first possession after a four play 49-yard drive capped off by a three-yard Rinker touchdown dive. C of I answered with a 75-yard drive capped by a qb keeper by Teejay Gordan.

Carroll answered again with another Rinker touchdown after a 93-yard drive.

The Yotes scored again when a missed assignment left Marcus Lenhardt wide open for the 58-yard touchdown.

Carroll got the ball back with 10: 43 left in the second quarter and scored three touchdowns before halftime.

The Saints never punted, but on the final drive before halftime the Saints faces a fourth-and-eight. Punter Rhys Felton tucked the ball and ran 13-yards for the first down to keep the drive alive. The Saints scored with nine seconds left in the half to go up 35-12 at the break.

Carroll added five more touchdowns after halftime to complete the rout.

The field for the NAIA Football Championship Series will be officially announced at 4 p.m. MST tomorrow via a live, free web video feed.

“We’re excited to still be playing football this late in the year, it is a second season.” Head coach Mike Van Diest Said. “When you look at playoffs, this is the way it should be. The 16 best teams get a chance to compete for the trophy, loser goes home and the winner advances. There is nothing better than playoffs. All sports should have playoffs like this.”

Eastern Oregon’s 31-27 win over SOU also opened the door for the Mountaineers to make the field of 16. The Frontier Conference has never had three teams in the NAIA playoffs.

The Saints will be in line for one of the top seeds in the playoffs with the win and the loss of No. 1 Morningside.

The web address for the selection show is


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