Just six weeks ago the Carroll Saints played in one of their most important games of the season at Rocky. Carroll won that game 33-8, and has won every game since, while Rocky is 2-3 in that time. Despite their recent struggles, the Saints know the Bears are still very dangerous.
"They're still a very very tough team, and a very potent offense," said Saints head coach Mike Van Diest. "They've got our attention and we never take them for light."
"They're playing for everything this season and so are we," said Saints senior linebacker Sean Blomquist. "As far as I'm concerned it's like a conference championship football game."
Rocky has one of the most prolific players in the conference. Andre McCullouch leads the Frontier in receptions, and is the go to guy for senior quarterback Bryce Baker.
"He's a deep threat," said Van Diest. "Obviously you've got to wrap up when he catches the ball in front of you, and not let him get yards after the catch. But he scares you because he runs that deep route. "
"It's more of like what doesn't he do to be honest," said Blomquist. "He runs the ball, he catches the ball, I'm sure he could probably even throw it. So we've just got to hold him down."
On defense safety Corey Bummer has been almost un-blockable for the Bears. His 92 tackles lead the conference, and the Saints offense knows he's their priority when it comes to blocking assignments.
"As an offensive line, and as an offense in general we make a point to know where he is on the field at all times," said Saints senior center Alex Kastens. "He's a real factor to their defense."
"He explodes into the tackle," said Van Diest. "He can cover the deep half of the field as well. But boy when he's on that line of scrimmage you'd better know where he is and you'd better block him, otherwise he's going to be in the backfield."
With only two weeks in the regular season the Saints can't allow themselves to get complacent. They'll have to stop Bears team that's hungry for a win on Saturday to keep their conference title hopes alive