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Saints Ready for Round Two Hosting Montana Tech

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In each of the Carroll Saints wins this year, they've won by an average of four points. In each of their losses, they've lost by an average of six. So even at 3-3 Carroll knows they're basically a play away from being either 6-0 or 0-6 this fall.

"We've talked about it all year that we don't have much margin for error," said Saints head coach Mike Van Diest. "Win or lose they've been close games, and we don't have that ability to be more talented than everyone else."

During their first meeting on September 12th it was Montana Tech that had the edge beating the Saints 19-10, which was Carroll's worse loss of the season. Diggers running back Nolan Saraceni, who leads the Frontier Conference in rushing, averaged over ten yards per carry that day.

"We need to make sure before the ball is snapped exactly what we're doing," said Saints sophomore defensive end Beaugh Meyer. "Keep our eyes on Saraceni, and make sure he doesn't slide through us."

"They're giving him the ball, and he's full speed when he gets to the line of scrimmage," said Van Diest. "We've got to get more guys to the point of attack. When we get a chance to tackle him we've got to tackle him before he gets out in the open, because that's not fair when he's out there in the secondary."

On offense the Saints are hoping second time is the charm against the conference's second ranked defense. And they think having faced it once, and seen what hasn't work, they have the advantage to try new schemes.

"It's an advantage anytime you come around the second time," said Van Diest. "That's the one thing I think is that if you lose the first time around you're glad you've got a second chance."

"They always put together a great game plan against Carroll," said Saints senior quarterback Mac Roche. "And last game we got to meet a few faces on their defense, and now we know exactly who we're playing against."

The Saints are viewing these final four games as a second chance on their season, and it starts with hosting their biggest rival. They'll not only be looking for revenge this Saturday, but to take one step closer to the postseason.

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