HELENA — Carroll College tuned up for the NAIA football playoffs Saturday by cruising past Montana State-Northern 35-10 in Frontier Conference play at Nelson Stadium.
The Saints, ranked No. 2 nationally, received 122 rushing yards and a touchdown from John Camino and three touchdowns passing and one rushing from quarterback Gary Wagner.
For the fourth straight year, Carroll went 10-0 in the Frontier and has now won 42 straight conference games dating back to 2006.
Carroll had 417 yards of offense against the Lights. Wagner completed 20 of 28 passes for 207 yards.
Corey Peterson had two TD receptions for the victors and Matt Ritter one.
The Lights, who finished the year 3-7, received 117 passing yards and 45 rushing from quarterback Matt Reyant. Northern had 227 yards of offense overall.
The NAIA playoffs will begin on Nov. 20. The first-round pairings will be announced today.
Carroll, which has won outright or shared 11 straight league titles, also captured five national championships between 2002 and 2007.
Montana Tech 27, Montana Western 24
At Dillon, Montana Tech took a 24-7 halftime lead and held on for a 27-21 victory over rival Montana Western.
It was the season finale for both teams.
Montana Tech snapped a four-game losing streak to finish 5-5 in Frontier play and 5-6 overall. The Bulldogs ended up 1-9 in the Frontier standings and 1-10 overall.
The Orediggers owned the first half, running for nearly 200 yards and passing for another 124. Tech’s defense forced punts on all four Western drives before halftime. Western’s only points in the first half came on a 71-yard Coltin Weber interception return.
Cole Berg had a couple of breakaway runs early on for the Orediggers. The first was capped by a 32-yard Sean Kelly field goal, and the second, a 35-yarder, was finished off by Berg himself from 5 yards out. Tech took a 17-0 lead when quarterback Matt Komac lofted a 25-yard spiral to big Brandon Boltz in the end zone.
Following Weber’s pick-six, Tech stalled out on the Western 24 and was lined up for a 41-yard field goal into the wind. The Orediggers faked, as holder Brian Schwarzkoph passed to Taylor Ophus, who scored.
The Bulldogs tightened up considerably in the second half, allowing only 99 yards in net offense and one field goal.
The Western offense came up with its only scoreboard production of the day in the fourth quarter when Charlie Dotson scored on an 8-yard screen pass from Jeff Logan and a 1-yard dive.
Tech defensive back Jake McGinley snagged an interception on what was also his home high school field in Dillon.