(Rocky Mountain College release)
HELENA – The Rocky Mountain College football team defeated Carroll College 40-14 on Saturday afternoon at Nelson Stadium. The win is the Battlin’ Bears first in Helena in 17 years and their first at Nelson Stadium.
Rocky Mountain (2-1, 2-0 Frontier) controlled all three phases of the game as they raced out to a 27-0 halftime lead. Rocky forced three Carroll (0-2, 0-2) turnovers and turned them into 13 points. That started with the first of four Griff Amies field goals following a Keenan Fagan interception on the first defensive drive of the game.
Mason Melby anchored the Rocky rushing attack that racked up 297 yards. Melby finished with 128 yards and two touchdowns in the win. His first score came on a 70-yard run in the second quarter that pushed the lead to 20-0 midway through the second quarter. It was the second scoring run of 70-plus yards in as many weeks for Melby and the second straight week the junior topped 100 yards rushing.
Jacob Bakken had his best game of the season throwing the ball for the Bears finishing 18 of 25 for 206 yards. He also ran for 60 yards and one touchdown.
Rocky finished the day with 22 first downs and converted on 7 of 13 third-down attempts. They had 503 yards of total offense and averaged 7.4 yards per play. The Bears possessed the ball for nearly 33 minutes and had just one turnover on a muffed punt.
Ryder Rice tallied a pair of sacks – the team’s first sacks of the season – and anchored a defense that held Carroll to 371 yards of offense. Fagan added a forced fumble to his interceptions and Markale Moses added a pick in the fourth quarter for the Bears defense.
The Bears scored on all five of their first half possessions and only punted once on the day. Amies was 4 of 4 on field goal attempts, hitting from 34, 38, 33 and 32.
Darneail Jenkins led the receivers with 69 yards on four catches. Brandon Mosley added 48 yards on his four catches. Prince Shonola had two catches for 46 yards, including a 40-yard catch to open the fourth quarter.
Rocky has now won consecutive games for the first time since the end of the 2015 season. They will look for a third straight on September 16 when they host No. 7 Montana Tech at Herb Klindt Field. Kickoff against the two-time defending Frontier Conference champions is scheduled for 1 p.m.