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Saints Ready for Big Plays from MSU Northern Saturday

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HELENA - Going into their eighth game of the season the 6-1 Carroll Saints are on the right track for a postseason birth. But first thing is first, the Saints have to make sure they can put away an opponent that is on the opposite end of the spectrum in MSU Northern.

"Last week we kind of showed that we didn't come out with a sense of urgency that we wanted to against Tech and it really came down to the wire," said Saints junior quarterback Mac Roche. "We can't take for granted that they don't have a good record."

The Lights record might not be flashy, but they've certainly got some good players. Most notably on offense is wide receiver Trevor Baum, who leads the conference in receptions and is the only receiver with 1000 yards this season.

"We've got to know where Baum is at all times," said Saints head coach Mike Van Diest. "He runs great routes. They do a lot of things with him. Messerly and him are usually on opposite sides of each other. They're going to get the ball to him. They'll throw it to him 10-12 times a game."

"Travis Dean the quarterback and Baum the receiver are both on the same page, and they do a good job working together," said Roche. "Baum is always a threat when he gets the ball. They're fun guys to watch."

Another standout that the Saints will be on the lookout for is Lights is d-lineman Tyler Craig, who leads the conference with 9.5 sacks! To put that into perspective, the next closest has six!

"It's on our tackles," said Van Diest. "They've got to block him one on one. We can't afford to double team all of their guys. We may have to chip him a little bit, but he's a guy that's as good as anyone in the league."

"He just changes everything up," said Roche. "One thing he'll give you one move, the next he'll bull rush you, or vice versa. So you've got to stay on your toes because he's going to do something different."

This game is the final road game of the season for the Saints, which even though players and coaches say isn't a big deal, I'm sure that having their final two games at home without having to travel will definitely be a plus as this team prepares for postseason.
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