(RMC Athletics release)
BILLINGS – The Rocky Mountain College football team will look for consecutive victories for the first since 2015 when they play at Carroll College on Saturday afternoon. The first of two meetings between the Frontier Conference foes this season will kickoff at 1 p.m. from Nelson Stadium in Helena.
Rocky Mountain heads into its third game of the season with a 1-1 overall record. The Battlin’ Bears are 1-0 in Frontier Conference action to sit tied among four teams atop the conference standings. Rocky is 0-1 on the road and they have dropped three straight road games dating back to last season.
The Bears currently lead the Frontier Conference by averaging 241.5 rushing yards per game. That places them 16th in the NAIA. The team is throwing for 132.5 yards per game on the year and they are fourth in the Frontier by getting 374.0 total yards per contest. The team is scoring 30.0 points per game.
Rocky has possessed the ball for 33:18 minutes per game on the season and the are 10 of 28 (35.7 percent) on third down. They have committed five turnovers and scored on 75 percent of their trips into the red zone.
Defensively, Rocky is allowing 34.0 points per game. They are third in the conference in allowing 136.5 rushing yards per outing. The opposition is averaging 267.5 yards passing and 404.0 total yards through the first two games of the season. Rocky has forced five turnovers for a zero turnover margin.
Special teams have been solid for the Bears through two games. The team is fifth in the NAIA by averaging 29.6 yards per kickoff return and they are 11th with an average of 11.0 yards per punt return.
Since 2004, Rocky is just 3-23 against Carroll and the Bears are 0-13 in Helena. Carroll has outscored Rocky 903-393 during the 13-year span with four shutouts. The teams have split the past four matchups with each winning at home. Carroll downed the Bears, 28-14, last October at Nelson Stadium.
The game will be broadcast live on SWX (503 on Charter & 8.2 with antenna). You can also listen live on the home of Battlin’ Bears football, ESPN Billings 910 AM. Kyle Riley (play-by-play) and Bob Rittierodt (analyst) will be on the call.