Courtesy: Southern Oregon University Athletics
HELENA, Mont. – The Southern Oregon Raiders are the defending Frontier Conference champions, but Carroll College still rules the league. SOU couldn’t overcome the biggest home field advantage in the NAIA on Saturday afternoon, and its Frontier Conference title hopes took a major blow as a result.
Five turnovers doomed the 20th-ranked Raiders in their 48-30 loss at fifth-ranked Carroll College, marking the Saints’ 50th win in their last 52 games at Nelson Stadium. The Saint (8-1 overall, 7-1 conference) took over sole possession of first place with the win and the Raiders (6-3, 6-2) dropped into a second-place tie with Rocky Mountain.
SOU quarterback Austin Dodge (Vancouver, Wash./Skyview) hit Ryan Retzlaff (Medford, Ore./South Medford) with a 15-yard touchdown pass to cut Carroll’s lead to 14-10 with 10 minutes left in the second quarter, but the Saints responded with 34 unanswered points.
The Raiders actually outgained the Saints, 559-531, but the Saints didn’t turn it over once and at one point scored on three straight takeaways.
The back-breaking sequence of the afternoon occurred in the third quarter when Dustin Rinker ran in a touchdown for Carroll and on SOU’s next play from scrimmage Matt Upham returned an interception for a touchdown, making it 41-10. Upham finished with two picks.
Carroll tailback Dustin Rinker rushed 31 times for 160 yards and a touchdown. Dakota Stonehouse completed 12 passes for 298 yards and three scores, and threw in 55 rushing yards and a TD on the ground.
Dodge completed 29 of 45 passes for 435 yards and three touchdowns but also threw three interceptions for the first time since his freshman season.
Ryan Retzlaff (Medford, Ore./South Medford) caught 12 passes for 181 yards and two scores while Matt Retzlaff (Medford, Ore./South Medford) had three catches for 104 yards and a score. Ryan Retzlaff (Medford, Ore./South Medford) has hit triple-digits receiving yardage in four straight games.
Sean Tow (Diamond Springs, Calif./Union Mine) accounted for SOU’s other touchdown. The freshman netted 81 rushing yards on 14 carries.
Laurence Calcagno (Canby, Ore./Canby) paced the Raider defense with seven assisted tackles, five solo and a sack. Daniel Breaux (Greenfield, Calif./Greenfield) chipped in 7.5 total tackles.
The Raiders will host Eastern Oregon in their final home game next Saturday at 1 p.m. If SOU wins and Rocky Mountain can knock off Carroll that same day, there will be a three-way tie for first in the Frontier.