Dawgs suffer first loss, Rocky upsets Carroll

Dawgs suffer first loss, Rocky upsets Carroll
Montana Western running back Hunter Thompson punches in for a 1-yard touchdown run Saturday at Vigilante Field. (Wally Feldt photo)

The Frontier Conference took another wild turn Saturday afternoon.

Rocky Mountain College, under first-year head coach Jason Petrino joined Eastern Oregon in a first-place tie at 2-0 with a stunning 21-20 victory over Carroll College.

Eastern Oregon knocked Montana Western from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 35-13 win at Montana Western.

Southern Oregon (0-1) and the College of Idaho (0-1) were playing non-conference games Saturday night.

Western, Carroll and Montana Tech are one game back in conference standings at 1-1. Northern is 0-2.

Eastern Oregon 35, Montana Western 23
DILLON — Big plays brought down the Bulldogs Saturday.

Zach Bartlow threw for three touchdowns to lead Eastern to the big road victory. The Eastern Oregon quarterback hit Skyler Williams for a 74-yard scoring strike before finding Calvin Connors for an 88-yard score.

Bartlow also hooked up with Connors for an 11-yard strike, and Alfred Gross broke a 45-yard touchdown run.

Western quarterback J.D. Ferris threw TD passes to Matt Lickfold (11 yards) and Beau Brekke (19 yards). Hunter Thomsen also scored on a 1-yard run for Western, which plays at Southern Oregon next week.

Stats for this game are not available.

Rocky Mountain College 21, Carroll College 20
BILLINGS — Chase White hit Ricky Carrigan for a 4-yard touchdown with 4 minutes, 57 seconds left as the Bears stunned the Saints. Stats

The difference in the game, though, just might have been when Zane Guse blocked Colter Hamel’s extra point following a Ryan Walsh touchdown run in the first quarter.

The Saints made it a 13-0 game when J.T. Linder hooked up with Butte Central graduate Connor McGree for a 4-yard touchdown in the second quarter. That marked the first career college catch and touchdown for the former Maroon.

After White hit Carriga for a 36-yard TD, Linder hooked up with Eric Dawson for a 16-yard score to give Carroll a 20-7 lead at the half.

White found Jayc Van Zee for a 55-yard touchdown to pull the Bears to within one score.

White passed for 232 yards in the win. Linder completed 21 of 36 passes for 180 yards.

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