HELENA – Carroll College opened its football season with a tough 45-28 road loss to Montana Tech last Thursday, but the Saints get their chance at redemption with their home opener against Rocky Mountain College on Saturday.
And even though no loss is a good loss, the Saints learned a few things they can work on to get that first win in front of the home fans.
“We had a couple good plays in the second half (against Tech), but I think the main thing for us this week is to build on the consistency, and coming out of the first half against Rocky and have a good second half as well,” said Saints quarterback Tanner Gustavsen.
“We looked at the things that Tech did so well against us,” continued head coach Mike Van Diest. “They did a great job with some of their adjustments, but at the same time some of the things we executed well in the first half we didn’t do very well in the second half. I just think we need to play with a little bit more confidence when we fall behind.”
“Obviously the beginning of the game, everyone’s going to come out fired up for the first quarter, first half,” added cornerback Chandler Arbizzani. “But we want to bring that intensity into the second half and in the fourth quarter and keep it at that same pace.”
“The thing we got to do better is develop consistency. We’ve got to develop a tough attitude about it, compete a little bit harder throughout the course of a game when you get behind,” said Van Diest.
There is no better place to compete a little harder than in front of the home fans.
“There is nothing like a home game here. It’s a great atmosphere,” Gustavsen said with a smile. “It’s nice to have all the fans out here and get the place filled up, so we’re really excited.”
“Helena is a great football town, they support Carroll College as well,” Van Diest said. “I know we struggled last year and the year before a little bit, but I hope the fans will come out, give this new team a chance to kind of see what they’re all about. Having a full stadium makes a big difference for your home-field advantage.”
Kick off is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Nelson Stadium.