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No. 7 Saints Steamroll No. 5 Rocky

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Anthony Clarke had 10 catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns and Dustin Rinker racked up 135 yards and a touchdown on the ground to lead the No. 7 Carroll College Saints to a dominant 33-8 road win over No. 5 Rocky Mountain.

The Saints scored first when Mac Roche found Colter Rood open for the 6-yard touchdown pass with 3:42 left in the in first quarter to give Carroll a 7-0 lead.

It looked like the game would live up to the billing as the NAIA Game of the Week when Rocky Mountain answered with a 1score of their own just three minutes later.

RMC QB Bryce Baker hit Cole Cattelan for a 13-yard score. The Bears went for two and took an 8-7 lead with 34 seconds remaining in the first frame.

Rinker found the endzone on an 8-yard run with 3:31 left in the first half. The Saints went for two and failed but took a 12-8 lead that they would not relinquish.

After a three-and-out the Saints scored again on a 30-yard reception by Clarke giving Carroll a 20-8 lead at the break.

The Saints added a pair of field goals by Matt Wiest in the second half. He hit from 27 yards out with 5:40 to play in the third quarter and from 19 yards out with 11:26 to play in the game.

Carroll capped off the scoring with a 51-yard touchdown catch by Clarke in the fourth quarter.

The Carroll defense was a big part of the game. Before Saturday's game the Battlin' Bears averaged 377 yards per game.  

The Saints held them to 218 yards including just 35 yards rushing.

The Saints dominated time of possession with31:10 compared to 16:50 for the Bears.

Roche was 18-24 for 251 yards and three touchdowns.

With 135 yards on 27 carries, Rinker surpassed the 4,000-yard mark for his career. The senior from Riggins, Idaho is on pace to break Chance Demarais' all-time career record of 4474 yards.

James Dowgin led Carroll with eight tackles and Shayne Durbin added seven. Dakota Amy had the lone sack for the Saints. It was good for a loss of 10 yards.

The Saints have a bye week before hosting Montana-Western on Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. for homecoming.

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Jerek Wolcott

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