Carroll head coach Mike Van Diest says there are no off weeks during the season. This Saturday, the 1-3 Saints have a bye week. But, any thought of light practices was quickly erased.
"I'd say it's been more intense," running back Major Ali said.
Anyone watching Carroll practice would assume they play Saturday.
"We still have practice," Van Diest said. "To me, if we're going to have practice, we're going to put helmet and shoulder pads on and practice. I don't want to come out here and flop around."
The Saints hope high-intensity practices yield a win on Oct. 8 against the College of Idaho on the road. Despite being last in the Frontier conference, Carroll doesn't feel the season is over.
"In the back of our heads, we still know there is no clear cut winner for [the] conference championship," the team's leading rusher Major Ali said. "Everyone is still in it."
For Carroll, the season is four games old. But, when you add in a three-week fall camp, Carroll has been on the field for seven straight weeks. Reece Quade thinks it's important that the team has time to get healthy and refocus.
"It's nice to have a break for sure," said Quade, Carroll's leading tackler. "We're lifting about every morning and every day and that's just a lot of demand on your body."
Every season Carroll concludes their open week with the Cow Bowl, where the freshmen compete against freshmen. The game lasts about 20 plays.
"It's fun for them to get their turn on film," Van Diest said, "have everybody watch them."
Players won't have practice on Friday, but head coach Mike Van Diest and his staff will still work.
"I'm going to be out recruiting," Van Diest said. "We got a coach in Southern California for three days and all the other coaches will be around the state watching high school football games."
On Saturday, Van Diest will get the chance to see a former Saints player Dakota Stonehouse tie the knot.
"I get a chance to celebrate with Dakota and Jillian and that'll be fun," Van Diest said.
A nice ending before returning to work.