Helena, MT - After playing and winning it's first two playoff games at home, the Carroll College football team has a 2,000 mile trip ahead of it to play in the NAIA Semis on Saturday.
The Saints will fly to Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday morning before taking an hour and 10 minute bus ride to Williamsburg, Kentucky where top seeded Cumberlands awaits.
Cumberlands is the top rushing team in the nation and they rank 3rd in scoring offense. That sets the stage for an intriguing match-up, because Carroll's defense gives up the 2nd fewest points of any team in the country.
Despite the challenges a long road-trip can present, Saints Head Coach Mike Van Diest and his team are excited to play the top ranked team in the nation.
"I was very excited to be able to play the number 1 team in the nation," Van Diest says. "I think that's just a great honor to be able to step on the same field with a team that's that classy. Coach John Bland is a great friend and they've got an outstanding program. So I think is a wonderful challenge for our team."
Saints Senior Defensive Back Mike Siegersma adds, "Our attitude is that we want to beat everybody. So if you want to be the best you got to play the best. So might as well start there."
Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. Mountain Time.