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Carroll College rides defense to win over MSU-Northern

Posted: 10:46 PM, Nov 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-03 00:46:02-04
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HAVRE -- Devan Bridgewater passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to help Carroll College to a 27-6 Frontier Conference football win over Montana State-Northern on Saturday.

Bridgewater opened the scoring with a 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but Northern answered early in the second. Tre' Long found Marvin Williams Jr. for a 10-yard score, and the game was tied at 6-6 early.

The Saints found their rhythm in the second and third quarters, though, outscoring the Lights 21-0 over that stretch. Bridgewater found Shane Sipes for a 43-yard touchdown and Joe Farris for a 21-yarder. Matthew Burgess tacked on a 1-yard scoring run to round out the scoring.

The defenses were the stars of Saturday, though. Carroll forced four turnovers -- two interceptions and two fumbles -- and had four sacks, two by Payton Sexe. Brian FauntLeRoy had both of the Saints' interceptions

Northern limited Bridgewater to just 9-of-26 passing, while Carroll held Northern to 19-of-40 passing as a team. Long completed 16 of 28 passes for 144 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while Brenden Medina was just 3-of-12 passing for 24 yards and a pick.

Burgess finished the game with 39 rushing yards on 10 carries, and Major Ali added 75 rushing yards on 13 carries for the Saints. Sipes and Farris were the only two Saints receivers to catch passes -- Sipes had five catches for 119 yards and Farris had four for 39.

Carroll (5-3 overall, 5-3 conference) returns to Helena to host Montana Tech next weekend for the Saints' Senior Day. Kickoff is scheduled for noon on Nov. 9.

Northern (1-8, 0-8) is back at Havre next week, hosting Southern Oregon.