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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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 NOTES

THIS WEEK IN CARROLL FOOTBALL

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. 

LAST GAME: No. 4 CARROLL ROLLS No. 15 EASTERN OREGON 55-7

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.

ABOUT SOUTHERN OREGON

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. 

HELENA, Mont. – The Carroll College Fighting Saints received the No. 3 ranking in the latest NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll released Monday.

The Saints jumped up one spot from No. 4 after rolling then No. 15 Eastern Oregon, 55-7, on the road Saturday in the NAIA game of the Week. The loss dropped EOU to the No. 20 spot in the poll.

Carroll’s opponent this week is No. 4 Southern Oregon. The Saints fell to the Raiders on the road in Carroll’s first game of the season. Southern Oregon also moved up one spot from No. 5 to No. 4.

Rocky Mountain supplanted EOU in the No. 15 spot in the poll to round out the Frontier Conference representation.

In the No. 1 spot for the fourth consecutive week is Morningside (Iowa). Baker (Kan.) is No. 2.

The Saints and the Raiders take the field at Nelson Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday.

2014 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 5 (Oct. 13)
RANK
LAST TIME^
SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)
2014 RECORD
TOTAL POINTS
1
1
Morningside (Iowa) (14)
5-0
340
2
2
Baker (Kan.) (1)
6-0
327
3
4
Carroll (Mont.)
4-1
309
4
5
Southern Oregon
6-0
303
5
6
Grand View (Iowa)
5-1
291
6
8
William Penn (Iowa)
5-1
271
7
9
Faulkner (Ala.)
5-1
250
8
10
Robert Morris (Ill.)
6-0
248
9
3
Georgetown (Ky.)
4-1
244
10
11
Tabor (Kan.)
5-1
228
11
12
Cumberland (Tenn.)
5-1
210
12
13
Northwestern (Iowa)
4-1
194
13
16
Saint Xavier (Ill.)
4-2
184
14
7
Missouri Valley
3-2
162
15
17
Rocky Mountain (Mont.)
4-2
152
16
18
Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)
5-1
150
17
20
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
5-2
128
18
14
St. Francis (Ill.)
4-2
111
19
21
Ottawa (Kan.)
4-2
102
20
15
Eastern Oregon
4-2
85
21
22
Marian (Ind.)
3-2
84
22
23
Valley City State (N.D.)
6-1
76
23
NR
MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
4-1
52
24
NR
Campbellsville (Ky.)
4-2
46
25
19
Benedictine (Kan.)
3-3
19
 
Others Receiving Votes: Friends (Kan.) 7, Central Methodist (Mo.) 3.
^ 2014 NAIA Football Coaches Top 25 Poll – No. 4 (Oct. 6)

By Troy Shockley, Helena IR

Many years and many pounds ago, Carroll's Alex Kastens was a swimmer. He was good, too. He lettered two years in the sport in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, competing in the 50- and 100-free, along with the sprint relays. But he reached a point where, he said, both coaches told him it was probably time to make a decision.

"I used to be a little bit of a fish," he said, laughing. "I swam most of my life. So my freshman and sophomore years, I did both swimming and football. It just got kind of hard and I got a little burned out."

In order to excel in either sport, his coaches said, he should choose between them. So, Kastens -- then weighing in at around 150 pounds -- elected to leave swimming behind.

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