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HELENA, Mont. – Carroll College head football coach Mike Van Diest was named the Frontier Conference Co-Coach of the Year and Saints linebacker Sean Blomquist was named Frontier Conference Defensive Player of the year the conference announced Tuesday.

The award is the 10th for Van Diest but the first since 2011. Blomquist’s honor is the second consecutive.

Van Diest shared the honor with veteran Eastern Oregon head man Tim Camp.

Fifteen Carroll players were named to the first or second all-conference teams.

The 10-1 Saints landed four offensive players, five defensive players and two special teams players on the Frontier Conference first team.

Four additional Carroll players were received second team nods from the conference.

Blomquist was joined on the first team by defensive linemen Sean Condon and Dakota Amy, linebacker Shayne Durbin and defensive back Shayne Durbin.

On offense, running back Dustin Rinker, wide receiver Anthony Clarke, Center Alex Kastens, and tackle Josh James earned first-team honors.

Punter Rhys Felton was named first team punter and Clarke received an additional first-team nod as a punt returner.

Quarterback Mac Roche and lineman Ryan Armstrong received offensive second-team honors. Defensively the Saints received two second team nods in defensive backs Matt Wymore and Ryan Gregory.

The top-ranked Saints host No. 8 Southern Oregon Saturday at 12 p.m. at Nelson Stadium. The Raiders also placed 15 players on the first or second team.

NOTES

THIS WEEK IN CARROLL FOOTBALL

The top-ranked Carroll College Saints host Frontier Conference foe No. 8 Southern Oregon at Nelson Stadium on 12 p.m. Saturday in quarterfinals of the NAIA Football Championship Series. The Saints and Raiders have met twice this season with SOU coming out on top in the first game 38-35 and Carroll winning the return game 42-40. 

The Saints are 10-1 after defeating the Valley City State 49-0. Carroll Averages 471 yards per game on offense and allows a Frontier-best average of 284.8 yards per game on defense. 

Southern Oregon is 10-2 on their season, their losses came at the hands of Carroll and No. 15 Eastern Oregon in the regular-season finale. 

LAST GAME: No. 1 CARROLL ROLLS OVER VALLEY CITY STATE 42-0

The Carroll College defense held Valley City to 87 total yards including 31 yards through the air and Dustin Rinker ran for 153 yards and three touchdowns en route to a 49-0 Carroll victory over Valley City State in the opening round of the NAIA Football Championship Series at a wind-swept Nelson Stadium.

The Saints scored five touchdowns on the ground and one through the air, Mac Roche was 17-30 for 133 yards and a touchdown pass to linebacker Sean Blomquist who entered the game as a fullback on a goal line situation. Roche Also scored a touchdown on a quarterback dive.

ABOUT SOUTHERN OREGON 

Southern Oregon senior quarterback Austin Dodge is the NAIA record holder in multiple statistical categories. The SOU offense is the top passing unit in the national and the No. 2 overall offense trailing on Morningside.  Receivers Dylan Young and Ryan Retzlaff rank in the top 25 in multiple statistical categories. 

SOU averages 549.1 yards per game on offense and allows 418.6 yards per game on defense. The Raiders are an at-large team from the Frontier Conference. 

QUICK FACTS

• The Saints defense leads the NAIA with 14.9  points per game allowed in the first eight games. 

• Carroll is the top team in the Frontier Conference for total defense with 284.8 yards per game allowed. 

• The Saints are second in the conference for scoring offense at 41.3 points per game. 

• Carroll is the top team in the conference for Pass Efficiency with an efficiency rating of 169.3.

• The Saints are second in the Conference in Sacks allowed with just 1.3 sacks per game. 

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

• The Saints have outscored their opponents 169-50 and 107-34 in the second quarter. 

• Mac Roche ranks third in NAIA for Pass Efficiency at 171.2.

• Mac Roche ranks 14th in NAIA for Passing yards per game at 241.4.

• Mac Roche ranks 12th in NAIA for total offense per game at 259.2.

• Dustin Rinker surpassed Chance Demarais’ career record mark on Oct. 25 against Montana Tech.  The senior has 5222 Career yards.

• Dustin Rinker ranks fifth in NAIA in rushing yards per game at 138.

• Dustin Rinker has moved into the eigth spot in the NAIA all-time rushing record top-10. He now sits behind Westminster ’s Brad Tokar(1987-90) who had 5,269 yards. 

• Dustin Rinker ranks fourth in NAIA in scoring per game at 10.9 points per game.  

• Punter Rhys Felton is ranked fourth in NAIA in Yards per Attempt with 41.9.

• Anthony Clarke ranks eighth in NAIA for receiving yards per game at 107.9 yards per game.

• Anthony Clarke is ranked 11th in NAIA in receptions per game at 6.7.

• Anthony Clarke is ranked in the top36 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 (.865) 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 17-5 all-time record in the FCS First Round, including a string of 14-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 10-game winning streak. 

• Carroll has a 25-2 home playoff record since the opening of Nelson Stadium in 2001. 

• Carroll is 28-6 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 conferences 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 Carroll College defense held Valley City to 87 total yards including 31 yards through the air and Dustin Rinker ran for 153 yards and three touchdown en route to a 49-0 Carroll victory over Valley City State in the opening round of the NAIA Football Championship Series at a wind-swept Nelson Stadium.

The Saints scored five touchdowns on the gound and one through the air, Mac Roche was 17-30 for 133 yards and a touchdown pass to linebacker Sean Blomquist who entered the game as a fullback on a goal line situation. Roche Also scored a touchdown on a quarterback dive.

Along with Rinker’s 153 yards and three touchdowns, Jordan Pine had 90 yards and a score.

Anthony Clarke also scored on a 70-yard punt return in the fourth quarter to cap off the scoring.

The Carroll defense only allows the Vikings to tally four first downs and they only entered the Saints end of the field once.

Valley City quarterback Kurtis Walls was 7-27 for 31 yards and an interception. Ian Keller led the Viking ground attack with 54 yards on 12 carries.

Dustin Rinker earned offensive player of the game honors for his performance and Dawson Osborne received the defensive player of the game award when he recovered a fumble and tallied an interception.

The Saints own the No. 1 seed in the tournament and will host No. 8 Southern Oregon in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Football Championship Series. The two previous meetings were barn burners. SOU won the season opener 38-35 in 100 degree heat in Ashland. In the return, game the Saints outlasted the Raiders for the 42-40 win.

SOU is the only team that has scored more than 14 points against the Saints in 11 games this season.

HELENA, Mont. – The top-ranked Carroll College Saints and No. 8 Southern Oregon Raiders will face off for the third time this season in the Quarterfinals of the NAIA Championship Series Saturday at 12 p.m. at Nelson Stadium in Helena.

The two previous meetings were barn burners. SOU won the season opener 38-35 in 100 degree heat in Ashland. In the return game, the Saints outlasted the Raiders for the 42-40 win.

SOU is the only team that has scored more than 14 points against the Saints in 11 games this season.

Tickets for the quarterfinals of the NAIA Football Championship Series will be available starting at 8 a.m. on Monday.

Season ticket holders 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 406-447-4480.

 

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
    MidContinent-596

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