Western, Carroll go down in thrillers

Montana Western and Carroll College both found themselves on the losing end of nail-biting contests on a wild Saturday of Frontier Conference football.

Rocky Mountain College went to Dillon and beat Western 37-30 in double overtime at Vigilante Field, while Carroll College hit the road and fell in a 38-35 shootout at Southern Oregon.

In other Frontier Conference action, MSU-Northern bounced back with a 40-17 win at home against former conference foe Dickinson State, and the College of Idaho made a triumphant return to the gridiron with a 35-34 win at Pacific University.

The Coyotes play host to Montana Western next week in their inaugural Frontier Conference game.

Rocky heads to Northern Next week, while Southern Oregon plays at Eastern Oregon. The game of the week, of course, is when Montana Tech heads to Helena for a showdown with Carroll College.

The Orediggers were off this week.

Rocky Mountain 37, Montana Western 30 (2OT)
DILLON — Michael Robinson scored on an 11-yard run, and Ryan Steska booted the extra point in the second overtime to give the Battlin’ Bears the victory. Stats

Western took the a 30-23 lead in the first overtime when Tyler Hulse hit Matt Lickford for a TD and Connor Greth booted the extra point.

Bryce Baker, though, tied the game on the ensuing drive with a TD strike to Andre McCullouch.

Baker completed 38 of 61 passes for 333 yars and two touchdowns to lead Rocky. McCullouch caught 13 passes for 164 yards.

Hulse passed for 159 yards and the touchdown. He also ran for 138 yards and a score. Sam Rutherford chalked up 92 yards on 19 carries.

Jay Owens chalked up 11 tackles to lead the Bulldog defense. Seven of those takedowns were unassisted.

Southern Oregon 38, Carroll College 35
ASHLAND, Ore. — Austin Dodge hit victor Dean for a 22-yard touchdown with 7 seconds left in the third quarter to put the Raiders up for good.

None of the game’s 73 points were scored in the fourth quarter. Stats

Dodge passed for 281 yards and two scores. Melvin Mason, though, was the player of the game. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

Mac Roche passed for 272 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Saints. Anthony Clarke chalked up 115 yards and two TDs on five scores. Kyle Griffith caught seven passes for 94 yards and a score.

Dustin Rinker picked up from where he left off a year ago. He carried the ball 23 times for 142 yards and a score.

MSU-Northern 40, Dickinson State 17
HAVRE — Zach McKinley had a monster day as the Lights bounced back from last week’s loss at Montana Tech. Stats

McKinley ran for 209 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught six passes for 11 yards and a touchdown. One reception was an 88-yard touchdown that started the scoring.

Travis Dean passed for 280 yards and two TDs in the win. He was picked off once.

College of Idaho 35, Pacific University 34

FOREST GROVE, Ore. — Teejay Gordon scored three touchdowns to lift the Coyotes to a win in their first football game since 1977. Stats

Gordon scored on runs of 5, 5 and 19 yards in the win. He rushed for 137 yards and passed for 131 in the victory. Zach Garzoli added 79 yards and one TD on the ground.

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