HELENA - Big plays in the third quarter helped top-ranked and defending NAIA national champion Carroll College pull away for a 36-10 victory over No. 25 Montana-Western.
Carroll (3-0, 2-0 Frontier) had to settle for three field goals in the first half and led just 16-10 before stealing the momentum with two big plays in the third quarter.
Jed Thomas scored on a 45-yard run with 7:42 left in the third and Robb Latrielle connected with Zach Zawacki on a 50-yard halfback pass for a touchdown at the 6:40 mark to put the Saints up 29-10. Latrielle is Carroll's backup quarterback who led the Saints through last year's playoffs when starter Tyler Emmert was injured.
Emmert passed for 133 yards and an 8-yard score to Jed Thomas with 14:13 left in the game. Emmert ran for an 8-yard score in the second quarter as Carroll took a 13-3 lead with 4:43 left in the half.
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Whitworth 20, Montana Tech 3 BUTTE - Billy Condon rushed for 92 yards and Matt Geeter returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown as Whitworth College downed Montana Tech 20-3 Saturday in a non-conference football game.
Tech quarterback Aaron Johnson, from Hardin, suffered a broken left arm when he was hit hard on a 5-yard scramble early in the game.
Johnson underwent surgery Saturday afternoon.
Backup quarterback Jake Hill passed for 182 yards, but he was intercepted three times.
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