HELENA — Rocky Mountain College scored 35 points, including 28 unanswered, in the first half against Carroll College’s vaunted defense to defeat the Saints 42-21 in Frontier Conference football action at Nelson Stadium on Saturday.
Carroll entered the day with the Frontier Conference’s No. 1 defense, but Rocky wasted little time finding the end zone. Quarterback Jacob Bakken hit Cody McCombs for a 9-yard touchdown less than four minutes into the game. Bakken threw two more touchdowns — one each to Darneail Jenkins and Derrick Olsen — in the first quarter, as the Battlin’ Bears built a 21-7 lead. Major Ali had Carroll’s lone touchdown of the first quarter on an 8-yard run.
The Bears kept pouring it on in the second with Drew Korf and Sam Sparks adding rushing touchdowns to build the lead to 35-7. Saints quarterback Kolby Killoy ended the first half with a touchdown pass to Eric Dawson, and started the second half with a scoring strike to Tony Collins.
Bakken would finish the game off with a 3-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, as Rocky improved to 6-2 overall and 5-2 in the Frontier Conference. The Battlin’ Bears also defeated Carroll 19-0 back in August, but Rocky forfeited the win after determining it used an ineligible player.
Carroll is now 3-5 overall and 2-5 in the Frontier.
Bakken, a Wibaux product, finished the game completing 22 of 36 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns. Max Gray was again his favorite target, catching seven passes for 126 yards. Sparks ran for 102 yards on 14 carries.
Killoy completed only 18 of 41 pass attempts, throwing for 234 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Dawson finished with seven catches for 116 yards.
Rocky hosts league-leading Montana Western next week, while Carroll hosts Montana State-Northern.