HELENA -- The last time the Carroll College Fighting Saints football team beat the Southern Oregon Raiders came just more than four years ago, a 26-20 win to open, what would be, a dismal 4-6 season. Now, with a new coach in tow, the Fighting Saints will head out on the road to take on the Raiders as they look to open their season at 3-1 for the second consecutive year.
However, the Saints face a tough road test, both on the ride there and when they get to Ashland.
"We're going to be on the bus. It's going to be a long ways, it just is what it is," said coach Troy Purcell.
Carroll College faces a nearly 900-mile bus ride to Southern Oregon University, the longest road trip Carroll College football will make this season.
On the field, Carroll College faces a Southern Oregon team that has lost the last three games it's played by only three points each.
"Southern Oregon is a very talented football team, they lost a couple close ones is all. Other than that, they're very, very talented," said Purcell. "We just got to see how we respond after a win again, and a long road trip and have some focus and put our best foot forward."
The Fighting Saints will look to put their best foot forward when they take on the Southern Oregon Raiders on Sept. 28.