HELENA – After losses at Montana Tech and home against Rocky Mountain College, Carroll College is still seeking its first win of this Frontier Conference football season.
The Saints are aiming to get it against visiting MSU-Northern Saturday at Nelson Stadium, but the Lights are not going to exactly be a pushover. The two teams split the season last year and Northern has a surprising offense putting up more than 472 yards per game, so the Saints will have to be ready.
“They do a great job at their quarterback, (Tommy Wilson). I’m very impressed with how he, not just runs the offense, but how he throws the football not being a quarterback his whole career but being a running back,” said Carroll head coach Mike Van Diest. “We got to do a better job of covering him, but we got to stop the run, No. 1. On offense we got to establish the run, so it’s no secret: We got to be like the old Pittsburgh Steelers. We got to stop the run once and be able to run the football, move the chains, eat up the clock.”
“We’re expecting they come out fired up. Last year we split with them, so they’re excited, we’re excited,” said defensive back Tucker Johnson. “It’s going to be a good game.”
“We just got to play some base defense, keep the ball in front of us, get guys to tackle a little bit better and hopefully we can just kind of make things happen with the athletes and not try and out-scheme people,” Van Diest said.