ASHLAND, Ore. – The Southern Oregon Raiders watched a 24 point lead shrink to three, but SOU’s offense came through when it needed to the most as the #19 Raiders upset #6 Carroll College at Raider Stadium on Saturday.
The Raiders played to near perfection in the first half, building a 35-19 lead. SOU attacked the Saints secondary with a lot of deep passes, as the Raiders scored on their first five possessions of the game. Mike Olson’s 100 yard kickoff return for a touchdown gave Southern Oregon a 49-25 lead early in the third quarter.
The Saints came storming back though, as three Dakota Stonehouse touchdown passes cut the lead to three with 4:38 to go in the game. In need of a lengthy drive, Dodge went back to the air, connecting with Cole McKenzie on a bomb to move the ball into Saints’ territory. SOU kept moving the chains, including drawing an offsides penalty on fourth and short. Carroll got the ball back with two seconds to go, but the Saints Hail Mary wasn’t answered as the Raiders hung on for the win.
Austin Dodge led the Raiders attack with 526 yards through the air to go with a pair of touchdowns. Cole McKenzie and Patrick Donahue each topped 200 yards receiving in the game. Manny Barragan rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns, while Mike Olson had two rushing scores to go along with his kickoff return TD. Dakota Stonehouse led the way for the Saints, piling up 233 yards through the air and 184 yards on the ground, with five total touchdowns.
The win improves the Raiders to 6-2 in the Frontier Conference, with a game against rival Eastern Oregon coming up on November 3rd.