Carroll Takes Frontier Championship

By Beacon Staff

HELENA (AP) – An 85-yard drive engineered by senior quarterback John Barnett helped Carroll College to a 10-3 victory over Montana State-Northern on Saturday, giving the Saints the Frontier Conference football championship.

No. 2 Carroll (9-0 overall, 8-0 conference) held the Northern Lights (5-4, 4-4) to 234 yards of offense as the Saints managed just 264 of their own.

But the Saints put together two big drives resulting in a field goal by Marcus Miller and touchdown pass from senior quarterback John Barnett to Dan Lovin. The Lights had some big drives, but missed one of their field goals and saw an end zone pass intercepted.

The 85-yard drive under Barnett’s leadership started the fourth quarter and gave the Saints their winning touchdown.

After junior running back Sean Herrin carried for three yards, sophomore running back Gabe Le caught a screen pass and erupted for 27 yards.

Northern’s Luke McKinley missed his 37-yard field goal attempt with just under 3 minutes left in the half. He made his second try from 32 yards out, with 8:39 left in the third quarter.

That kick had tied up the game temporarily, and Northern looked like it might even the score with just over a minute left on the clock, but Northern freshman quarterback Garren Hammons’ attempted pass to the end zone landed in the hands of Carroll strong safety Zach Richardson.

He ran it back to Carroll’s own 13-yard line. After a three-and-out, Zach Thiry was able to get off the punt, but just barely.