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Saints Defense Starts, Finishes Strong vs Southern Oregon

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HELENA - It was a tale of two halves for the Carroll Saints defense, only allowing six points in the first half, and giving up 34 points to Southern Oregon in the second. Coach Van Diest wasn't thrilled with the yardage totals, but knew his defense could, and would step up when it was time to win the game.

"They made plays," said Van Diest. "They caught the ball. We were in position a couple of times. We had a couple of penalties. We just have to make plays. I think guys kind of played tentative, but we've just got to attack it more. We had a couple of guys out of position and gave up a couple touchdowns because of missed assignments."

"I think first half we held them in check in the run game," said Saints senior linebacker Sean Blomquist. "We did a little better in that aspect, but I'm sure we gave up a pretty good amount of yards today. It's just frustrating. But the first half we held them. They got a couple red zone drives and we held them still. So props to the defensive guys on that. We earned it."

"I have the most confidence in our defense," said Saints junior quarterback Mac Roche. "I mean I know one of those guys is going to make a play to win the game, and they did that. On that two point play that was great coverage, and a great play at the end."

"Those guys, those defensive guys we had out there, they're the best guys we have to put on the field," said Saints senior running back Dustin Rinker. "So we've just got to trust each other just like they trust us when we're driving with the ball. So I was just stressing that they were going to do their job, and they did it."

I asked coach Van Diest after the game where this win puts them in terms of playoff positioning. He said they're not in the driver seat yet, but they're in the car. So maybe a win next week at rival Montana Tech will put them at least in the passenger seat or at least a little closer to that driver seat.
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