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Freshman receiver Connor Fohn (1) celebrates what wound up being the game-winning touchdown grab

with senior wideout Andy Ritter during the third quarter of a 10-9 win over Montana Western on Saturday.

Despite a Frontier Conference-wide bye week, Carroll (3-1) moved up one spot to No. 4 in the latest edition of the NAIA coaches football poll released Monday.

Southern Oregon (3-1) remained No. 2, while Montana Western (3-1) and Montana Tech (3-1) moved up one spot each, to No. 16 and No. 17, respectively. Rocky Mountain (2-2) also received votes.

Top-ranked Lindsey Wilson (4-0) is ahead of the pack for the second-straight week. The Blue Raiders of Columbia, Kentucky, have four wins against teams with a combined record of 1-19.

The Frontier Conferences and Great Plains Conference each have four teams in the Top 25, the most of any conference in the country.

Former Frontier Conference member Dickinson State (5-1) -- which beat MSU-Northern 17-7 and fell to Rocky 23-13 this season -- is ranked No. 25.

Carroll, SOU, Western and Tech are also tied atop the eight-team conference's standings. The Saints' resume includes wins over SOU (26-0), Western (10-9), Rocky (42-36) and a loss at Tech (19-10).

Carroll plays host to Eastern Oregon (1-4) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Nelson Stadium. The Mountaineers were ranked No. 13 in the NAIA preseason poll before opening the season with three straight road losses at rival College of Idaho, Big Sky Conference member Sacramento State and at defending NAIA champion Southern Oregon.

The Mountaineers downed Montana Tech in their home opener before getting edged by Rocky Mountain 36-35 in double overtime last week.

EOU, which was picked third in the preseason Frontier poll, is 2-2 against Carroll in its last four meetings with the Saints.

Dowgin honored by Frontier

James Dowgin of Carroll College, Montana Western's Seth Mason and Zach Bartlow of Eastern Oregon were honored by the Frontier Conference last week.

Dowgin, a senior from Greeley, Colorado, was selected the defensive player of the week. The defensive back recorded 13 unassisted tackles, four assisted tackles, one pass break-up and one interception in the Saints 10-9 win over Montana Western.

Mason, a junior kicker from Hamilton, was chosen the special teams player of the week. He accounted for all the Bulldogs' points with three field goals.

Bartlow, the quarterback for Eastern Oregon, is the offensive player of the week. The junior from Waitsburg, Washington, was 25 of 40 passing for 264 yards and four touchdowns in the Mountaineers 36-35 double overtime loss to Rocky Mountain College.

Saints harriers sweep FC honors

Members of the Carroll College cross country team swept the Frontier Conference Runner for the Week honors with Lyle Pocha snagging the honors for the men and Leah Esposito receiving the honors for the women.

The pair earned the award after strong performances at the Montana Invite held in Missoula.

Pocha finished fifth on the 8k course with a time of 25:29.63 to help lead the Saints to a third-place finish, ahead of the University of Montana and the University of Idaho.

Esposito finished fifth on the 5k course with a time of 18:14.62 to lead the team to a fifth-place finish.

The award is the third this season for Esposito, who has won the award each time she has raced.

The Saints travel to the Santa Clara Bronco Invite in California on Oct. 17.

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