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Bulldogs face undefeated Carroll College

UMW News Bureau

The Bulldogs travel to Helena for a Frontier Conference football game against unbeaten and No. 2 ranked Carroll College. By Wally Feldt The University of Montana Western Bulldogs travel to Helena, Mont. to face the defending champion Carroll College Saints Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 in a Frontier Conference football game. Kickoff is 1 p.m. from Nelson Stadium. The game will air in southwest Montana on KDBM radio. The Bulldogs are 1-2 on the season after beating nationally ranked MSU-Northern 27-21 and dropping home games to Montana Tech (28-42) and Eastern Oregon (24-45). Carroll is 4-0 on the season and 3-0 in conference games. The Saints beat the Azusa Pacific 35-11, MSU-Northern 50-13, Montana Tech 27-7 and Rocky Mountain 42-21. Last year, Carroll won both games. The Saints won in Dillon 31-6 and in Helena 24-21. Carroll quarterback Gary Wagner is fifth in the conference in passing averaging 240 yards per game. Wagner’s favorite target has been tight end Bubba Barlett who is averaging seven catches a game. In the Saints’ victory over Rocky last weekend, Barlett caught 11 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns. The Saints are second in the Frontier in offensive scoring averaging 39 points per game and first in defensive scoring giving up only 14 points a game. Carroll also leads the league in total defense, rush defense and passing defense. The Bulldogs’ Michah Mamiya is fourth in the conference in passing with 261 yards per game. His 349 yards passing and three touchdowns in the win over Northern earned him conference offensive player of the week honors. Mamiya’s favorite target is Craigh Cornelius with six catches per game. Jordan Clary leads the team in rushing and is eighth in the conference with 53 yards per game. The Bulldogs’ kicking game showed versatility in the win over Northern. Aukkarapong Sribenijakul kicked a 25-yard field goal and Mackenzie Crossley kicked a 54 yard field goal. Linebacker Chad Schira leads the Bulldogs, the Frontier Conference and is fourth in the nation in tackles with 12.7 tackles per game. Cornerback Andy Roberts leads the league and is tied for third in the nation with three interceptions or one per game. He grabbed all three in the Bulldogs win at Northern. Montana Western returns to Dillon to host Rocky Mountain College on Saturday, Oct. 3 as part of the 2009 homecoming weekend.