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#20 Rocky Mountain Defense Looms Large in Shutout Over Carroll

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The game started with an announcement that Rocky Mountain College head football coach Jason Petrino would be playing all three of his quarterbacks heading into their season opener versus the Carroll Saints. That's usually a recipe for disaster. For what it's worth, the offense only managed 13 points, one touchdown and two field goals, but none of that matters when you get the kind of effort the Battlin' Bears did from their defensive unit. Rocky shut out Carroll 19-0 en route to their first win of the season, but it was a defense that racked up 7.5 sacks, and held the Saints to only 127 total yards of offense that stole the show.

The lone touchdown of the game coming off a Keenan Fagan interception that he ran all the way back inside the 10, before giving it up to the offense as Nate Dick ran in the first score of Rocky's season. Billy Williams collected an interception as well for the Battlin' Bears, returning his 18 yards for the only other touchdown of the game. But it was Ryder Rice who stole the show with four sacks, pressuring Carroll all evening.

Rocky will be back in action on September 1 when they travel to Havre to take on MSU Northern.