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Saints Running Game Key for Round 3 with Southern Oregon

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HELENA - As the Carroll Saints prepare for round three with Southern Oregon, they may want to start by taking a page out of their game two game plan, when they sacked the NAIA's leading passer and Raiders' quarterback Austin Dodge four times.

"That was a big key of the game for us winning the game was us being physical on Austin Dodge," said Saints junior linebacker Dawson Osbourn. "We were making sure he was in the ground after every pass or before he throws the ball. If we can be physical I think we've got a pretty good shot this week."

It'll be important to get to Dodge early and often, because the Raiders have one of the top receiving duos in all of NAIA in Ryan Retzlaff and Dylan Young, who have caught a combined 28 touchdown passes in 2014.

"It's unreal," said Osbourn. "Both of the Retzlaff brothers, both Matt and Ryan, and then you've got Dylan Young out there. And there's a couple of other guys, but they're all fast. They're all good and they all have good hands."

"We've just got to contest plays," said Saints head coach Mike Van Diest. "They're going to get there fair share as the ball is thrown to them, but there's times we have to break them up."

The defense will have to play strong against a team that averages 44 points per game, but it will be the Saints offense's job to play a part in that to. Running back Dustin Rinker had 201 yards in the week 6 win over the Raiders, so running the ball will be a point of emphasis again to help keep the SOU offense off the field.

"That's what we've always been able to do here is ground and pound," said Saints junior quarterback Mac Roche. "And we'll throw the ball when we can, but like last week we just gave it to the running backs and they did that."

"I think Jordan Pine coming on gives us a good one two punch," said Van Diest. "You've got two guys back there, and Jordan is probably a little bit more of a threat as a receiver, so that gives us an extra added advantage when he's in the game."

Now last week the Saints defense, with some help from the wind, eliminated Valley City State's passing attack, allowing just 47 total yards. This week they may get some more help from mother nature. With the high temperature expected to be 20 degrees, this game should feature lots of running, which points the arrow securely in the Saints favor.
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