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Saints Prepare for Biggest Game of Season at Rocky on Saturday`

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HELENA - It doesn't get any bigger than this! The Carroll Saints season is arguably on the line this Saturday as they travel to take on #5 Rocky. The Saints have already lost one conference game this season in week one versus Southern Oregon, and to keep those playoff hopes alive they can't afford another.

"Each week we know we're going to get every team's best against us," said Saints senior center Alex Kastens. "And we like to think we're going to give it our best against them too. This game against Rocky, it's a big game, and we realize that. But at the same time we also realize that it's our third game of the season so we need to play better than we did in week two."

The defense got torched week one to the tune of 500 yards against Southern Oregon. They tightened that up week 2 and forced three turnovers against Montana Tech. They'll need to do the same this week to upset the Bears.

"That's just guys being in the right positions, doing their assignments, and executing the defense," said Saints head coach Mike Van Diest. "We haven't forced fumbles like we want to. We did a couple the first game. I think that's something we want to try and do."

One big challenge for the Saints D will be forcing senior quarterback Bryce Baker into some of those turnovers. He only has one interception in three games so far. But the Saints know that to try and stop Baker, you have to stop his weapons.

"You can get after him, but the thing is he's got three or four great receivers," said Van Diest. "So you've got to pick your poison. Who do you want to match up with? Who do you want to double team? So we've got to do a little more coverage-wise. Pressure will come as we see fit."

"Bryce Baker likes to chuck the ball around, and I think that's pretty good for our defense," said Saints junior quarterback Mac Roche. "Our defensive backs like to fly around. They showed that last week with three interceptions.

On the other side of the ball the Saints are focusing on eliminating mistakes. An early fumble cost them seven last week, something they can't afford against Rocky.

"Rocky's 11 on defense are all really good," said Kastens. "All 11 guys are tough. They don't really have a weak spot in their defense. We're focusing on executing what we need to do, and we're looking forward to the test."

"Their defense is really good," said Roche. "They've got some new linebackers but it doesn't look like they're missing a beat. They look just like the guys last year. And their defensive backs like to fly around and play the ball."

It's worth noting this will be the Bears' home opener. So if the Saints want hand the 3-0 Rocky it's first loss, they'll have to bring everything they showed last week against Tech.

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