Carroll is one point away from being undefeated. Instead, the Fighting Saints enter week three at 1-1 looking to push their record back above five hundred.
Carroll travels to Havre to take on MSU-Northern, a team they dominated each of the past two seasons. With No. 12 Southern Oregon lurking in a week, are the Saints looking past the Lights?
“I don’t even think our guys know who we play next week,” Coach Mike Van Diest said. “I think all they know is that we got Northern.”
Last year, Carroll routed Northern 62-7 at Nelson stadium. The Saints capitalized off three interceptions and returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. However, last week, the Saints struggled holding on to the ball and on special teams.
“Turnovers take place,” Van Diest said. “We don’t ever want to look past it. More concerning to us were the two block punts we had in the second half [in the game against Rocky Mountain.]”
Defensively, Carroll leading tackler David Anderson and company must focus on C.M. Russell alum Zach McKinley, the Frontier’s second leading rusher.
“We just got to limit No. 24 their running back,” Anderson said. “He is a stud. So we need to break him down and make sure he doesn’t have a dominant game that keeps them having the ball.”
Offensively, Carroll’s O-line cannot repeat last week’s five-sack performance. The running backs and line must work together.
“If we both go to the same spot that means someone is running free,” Ryan Walsh said.
With all the mistakes from a week ago, Coach Van Diest wants the emphasis on the purple and gold and not the opponent.