State Colleges

College of Idaho football hosts Carroll College for homecoming

The College of Idaho returns home to take on perennial NAIA power Carroll at 1 p.m. Saturday (96.5 FM, 730 AM), looking to snap a two-game losing streak.

The Yotes (2-3, 1-3 Frontier) fell a Hail Mary short of upsetting No. 9 Southern Oregon 31-27 on the road last week and are searching for their first home win this season.

The Yotes rewarded freshman Darius-James Peterson with a heavier workload last week, using him in a two-quarterback rotation with Tyler Cox (Boise High) to rack up a season-high 501 yards of offense. Peterson ran for 132, the C of I’s first 100-yard rusher this season, and his Frontier-leading sixth TD.

Marcus Lenhardt (Eagle High) continues to draw closer to R.C. Owens’ career school record of 109 catches, needing four to break it.

Since reinstating football, the Yotes and Saints have split their two meetings, with the College of Idaho winning 35-21 last year in Caldwell.

The Saints (1-3, 1-3) missed the NAIA playoffs for the second time in 16 years last season, going 4-6. They enter Saturday having lost eight of their past 10 games.

Carroll comes off a bye week after losing 34-14 to Southern Oregon at home.

Starting QB J.T. Linder was injured in the loss, and Cal Gustavsen (Boise High) completed 6-of-13 passes for 74 yards in relief. Linder is expected to start Saturday.

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