HELENA — It’s been 142 days since Carroll College ended its 2018 football season on an 8-7 loss to the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers. After the Fighting Saints’ first spring football practice, players lamented the loss wasn’t an easy one to get over.
“It’s been a long offseason,” said junior wide receiver Shane Sipes. “Seeing those seniors going out on a loss is always tough.”
Now, the team is manned by a partially new coaching squad and is eager to to get back into the swing of things.
“We’re excited to come out next year and prove something new,” said senior running back Major Ali.
Right now isn’t for worrying about season openers or where the Fighting Saints will wind up at the end of the season. According to senior linebacker Chase Bowen, it’s about the little things.
“Hitting people,” Bowen said with a laugh. “I’m just excited to learn the defense like the back of my hand and to not even have to think about it.”
The Saints will now ramp up their spring practices in the coming weeks, as an early preparation for their Sept. 7 season opener against the Montana Western Bulldogs.