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A Battle of Defenses: Carroll Saints and Missouri Valley Set for Quarterfinal

If the Saints want to return to the semi-finals for the 2nd time in three years they'll have to beat a team that went to the round of four last year. And fans can expect one of the best defensive battles they'll ever see at Nelson Stadium. Statistically speaking, Carroll's defense is 3rd in the nation but Missouri Valley is ranked first in total and scoring defense.
 
Case in point: both teams will have a tougher time than usual in finding the end zone.
 
Mike Van Diest, Saints Head Coach, said, "they do some man things. They got probably corners that they can man up and a lot of things like that and blitz a little bit. But they're just so physical up front to stop the run game and that's what they do well. And then they can turn their pass rushers loose on 2nd and long and 3rd and long."
 

The Saints are nearly unbeatable at home though, they've only lost two games in the last four years. But on the road is where the Vikings defense is at it's best. Missouri Valley has allowed an average of 9.4 points-per-game when they traveL, which is nearly four points better than what they give up at home.
 
If defense wins championships, then both of these teams have a strong case to be in the title game.

Jim Hogan, Saints Offensive line/strength coach, said "it's going to come down to mistakes. Should we not have any mistakes and we execute offensively, defensively and special teams the outcome could be favorable."

Dustin Rinker Saints junior RB said, "again, they're one of the best defenses in the nation. And so we need to play our best game that we've ever played and come together as a team."

Carroll's pride has always been in it's defense. Since 2009 the saints are 41-0 when they allow 14 points or less. But with all the talk on defense don't forget you still have to score to win and that's where Carroll senior quarterback Dakota Stonehouse put it perfectly when he said, "it's a big week to prove what our offense is made of."

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