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The third ranked Saints travel to Butte to take on Montana Tech at Alumni Coliseum at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Saints and Diggers met on Sept. 12 in Helena. Carroll won that matchup 38-10.

The Saints are 5-1 after defeating No. 4 Southern Oregon 42-40 at Nelson Stadium last week. Carroll Averages 463.7 yards per game on offense and allows an average of 331.3 yards per game on defense.

The Diggers are 1-6 on the season. Their lone win came at home against MSU-Northern (38-24). They have lost games to Montana-Western (38-6), Carroll (38-10), Eastern Oregon (39-13) College of Idaho (41-25), Rocky Mountain 45-39) and at MSU Northern (37-34).


Dustin Rinker ran for 201 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries to lead the Saints to the 42-40 win over No. 4 Southern Oregon.  Mac Roche was 8-31 for 291 yards and three TDs. Anthony Clarke had eight receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown. 

The Carroll defense held the potent Southern Oregon Offense to just six points in the first half before Austin Dodge got the Raiders on the move. 

Southern Oregon scored 27 points in the fourth quarter including a touchdown with just 22 seconds left in the game to cut the Carroll lead to 42-40. The two-point conversion attempt fell short and the Saints held on to win.


Wide Receiver Alec Bray is one of the top kick returners in the nation. He ranks sixth in punt return yards per attempt at 14.3. He also had five receptions for 39 yards against Carroll in the first matchup.

Redshirt freshman and Helena High graduate Dawson Rear has taken the helm at quarterback for the Diggers. In the last three games he is 53-103 for 751 yards, eight TDs and three interceptions. 

• The Saints defense leads the Frontier Conference with 19.5 points per game allowed in the first six games. 

• Carroll is the top team in the Frontier Conference for total defense with 331.3 yards per game allowed. 

• The Saints are second in the conference for scoring offense at 39 points per game. 

• Carroll is the top team in the conference for Pass Efficiency with an efficiency rating of 175.4.

• The Saints are second in the Conference in Sacks allowed with just 1.1 sacks per game. 

• Carroll is the 14th ranked team in the nation for scoring defense.

• The Saints have outscored their opponents 93-28 in the second quarter. 

• Mac Roche ranks second in NAIA for Pass Efficiency at 175.6.

• Mac Roche ranks eighth in NAIA for Passing yards per game at 271.

• Mac Roche ranks ninth in NAIA for total yards per game at 282.2.

• Dustin Rinker surpassed the 4,000-yard rushing mark against Rocky Mountain on Oct. 20. The senior has 4462 career yards, 12 yards short of Chance Demarais’ career record mark.

• Dustin Rinker ranks ninth in NAIA in rushing yards per game at 126.3. 

• Dustin Rinker ranks sixth in NAIA in scoring per game at 11 points per game.  

• Punter Rhys Felton ranks third in NAIA in Yards per Attempt with 43.2

• Anthony Clarke ranks second in NAIA for receiving yards per game at 137.5 yards per game.

• Anthony Clarke ranks fourth in NAIA in receptions per game at 8.2.

• Anthony Clarke is ranked in the top 15 in the nation in receiving yards, yards per game, total receptions, all purpose yards per game and total receiving yards.

• Head Coach Mike Van Diest has the best winning percentage (.862) 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.

HELENA, Mont. – Carroll College football held at the No. 3 position in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll release today.

Southern Oregon dropped from No. 4 to No. 7 after losing to the Saints 42-40 Saturday in Helena. 

The Saints are now 3-1 on the season against ranked opponents with three of the four games on the road. They fell to then No. 20 Southern Oregon on the road in their first game of the season 38-35, defeated then No. 5 Rocky Mountain on the road 33-8, topped No. 15 Eastern Oregon on the road 55-7 and defeated SOU in the rematch Saturday.

Rocky joins Carroll and SOU as the third Frontier Conference team in the poll at No. 13, up two spots from last week.

Eastern Oregon fell out of the poll after losing to Montana-Western 34-28.

The Saints travel to Butte, Saturday, to play Montana Tech in the second game of the season between the two teams. Carroll defeated Tech 38-10 on Sept. 13 in the first matchup of the season. 

By: Troy Shockley - Independent Record

Austin Dodge and the Southern Oregon offense did their best to discover the breaking point of the Carroll defense Saturday.

After being held in check through three quarters, the No. 4 Raiders closed one of the Frontier Conference's most anticipated games of the season on a tear, reaching the end zone four times in the last 13 minutes -- twice in the final two. The fourth score, with just 22 seconds to play, left the visitors down two but with every bit of momentum available. To set up the potential game-tying two-point conversion play, the Raiders called a timeout.

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By Kyle Sample, Helena IR

It felt like time was standing still. Receivers and defensive backs were running this way and that. Linemen were frantically fighting each other. Austin Dodge was looking right, then left, then back right — biding time in the pocket as Saints defenders closed in. Fans, coaches and players stood nervously on the sideline.

Chased by several Saints, Dodge threw to Dylan Young, who made a sliding attempt in the back of the end zone. From behind it appeared the receiver who caught nine balls for 97 yards including the 21-yard score on fourth and 6 that necessitated the last-second two-point try had made a catch to provide Southern Oregon an improbable come-back win.

But when Carroll’s sideline — and the approximately 6,000 Saints faithful anxiously holding their breath — erupted, it was clear Dodge pass was incomplete and the Saints could lay claim to a 42-40 thriller over the nation’s fourth-ranked team.

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The third ranked Saints host fourth ranked Southern Oregon Saturday at Nelson Stadium at 1 p.m.

The Saints are 4-1 after defeating No. 15 Eastern Oregon 55-7 in Eastern Oregon in LaGrande in the NAIA Game of the Week. Carroll Averages 450 yards per game on offense and allows an average of 298.8 yards per game on defense. 

The Raiders are 6-0 on the season with wins over Menlo (51-14), EOU (35-31), the College of Idaho (56-28), and Montana-Western (31-6).  They also defeated Carroll 38-35 in the first game of the season for Carroll. 


Dustin Rinker scored four touchdowns, Mac Roche threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns and the Carroll defense held Eastern Oregon to just 142 yards of offense en route to a dominant 55-7 victory for the No. 4 Carroll College Saints over No. 15 Eastern Oregon in the NAIA Game of the week.

The Saints started the dominance on defense. Eastern Oregon went three and out on seven of their 11 drives. Only one drive went more than 11 yards and 66 of the Mountaineers’ 142 yards came on one play, a 66-yard touchdown run by Eastern Oregon quarterback Zach Bartlow. Eastern Oregon tallied just two first downs in the entire game.

The Carroll offense was as dominant as the defense. The Saints scored touchdowns on eight of their 12 drives and didn’t punt until there was 9:30 left in the fourth quarter.  They racked up 520 yards of offense and the Saints won time of possession 42:24 to 17:36.


Starting quarterback Austin Dodge leads the nation in passing yards and receiver Dylan Young ranks in the NAIA top 15 in eight statistical category. 

The Raiders are the only team to defeat the Saints. They trailed 35-24 before scoring two consecutive touchdowns to earn the 38-35 win. 

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