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Carroll College blasts MSU-Northern; Ryan Arntson sets No. 2 single-game rushing mark

Posted at 9:42 PM, Oct 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-29 21:03:44-04

(Note: This story has been updated after a stats correction from Carroll College showed that Ryan Arntson rushed for 267 yards, not the 286 yards that the stats had previously shown. Arntson’s 267 yards are the second-best single-game effort in program history.)

HELENA — Ryan Arntson ran for 267 yards, the second-best single-game effort in program history, to lead the Saints to a 56-7 victory over visiting Montana State-Northern on Saturday afternoon in a Frontier Conference football clash.

Arntson got the scoring started when he took Carroll’s first play from scrimmage 92 yards for a touchdown. And the rout was on.

Carroll scored on its next possession when Hunter Bledsoe found Ryan’s brother Troy for a 24-yard touchdown pass, putting the Saints up 14-0. That lead grew to 21-0 when Bledsoe found Eric Dawson from 21 yards out, and Dawson’s 4-yard rushing touchdown with 5:20 to go in the second quarter ballooned the Carroll advantage to 28-0.

Northern got on the board in the final minute of the first half on a Tommy Wilson 1-yard touchdown run, but that’s all the offense the Lights could generate.

Arntson picked up his second rushing touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter, a 68-yard run to pay dirt, making the lead 49-7.

With the win, Carroll improves to 4-5 (3-5 Frontier Conference), while Northern falls to 1-8 (0-8).