When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Nelson Stadium
Radio: Sports 94-0, sports949.com
1. Improve the offensive line
The Saints rebuilt their offensive line for this season, and coach Mike Van Diest was worried how they would hold up. It didn't go well against Rockey Mountain College with eight quarterback sacks and plenty of pressure. The running game wasn't as productive as usual in the shutout. For the offense to run smoothly, its starts with the offensive line. It's going to be a long season if this isn't sorted out.
Ok, that's the basis of the game. So, obviously, the Saints are trying to score. They just didn't last week in the season opener against the Battlin' Bears. So some scoring is overdue in Game 2. Granted, if the offensive line come through the scoring with follow. QB Reese Hiibel will have time to find receivers and the running game will get going.
3. Tighten the defense
Last week's loss can't all be on the offense. The Battlin' Bears used three different quarterbacks, three different running backs and seven receivers caught passes. More pressure on the passer is needed, along with plugging running lanes. Getting opposing offenses off the field sooner allows the offense more time work on its craft.
4. Protect the house
The season opener was on the road in a hostile environment for a big Frontier Conference game. That's never a good way to open the season. The Saints are back in Nelson Stadium for this game. The home field advantage should help them settle down and play their game. A win over a conference team will be a good confidence builder moving forward.
Carroll College vs. the Saints
You read that right. The key matchup for the Saints is battling themselves. At this point, they need to execute with more precision. If they do that, the individual battles will take care of themselves.
Player of the Week
Joe Farris, WR, So., 6-1, 190
There wasn't much to be thrilled about if you are a Carroll College fan after the first week. Farris, however, had a solid game with five receptions and 54 yards. That was the best receiving night of any of the Saints. What he showed was that when the QB has time for find him, he'll be open. He had to work hard for those catches.
By the Numbers
44: Number of times the Saints have defeated Montana Western. The Saints have a 44-17-1 record against their Frontier Conference rival.
21: Number of times the Saints have defeated Montana Western at home. They have a 21-9-1 in Helena. Oddly, 22 wins have been on the road and one at a neutral site.
2016: That's the year the last time Montana Western defeated Carroll College. The Saints won last year's meeting 24-13.
Coaches believe teams make a big jump in development from Week 1 to Week 2. The Saints should see that happen, but the offensive line will be a work in progress throughout the season. Expect to see better offensive production. And the defense should tighten down.
Carroll College 14, Montana Western 10