BISMARCK, N.D. - Every week but one, St. Mary’s and Shanley were in the top two spots in the AA poll. Those two teams will play each other in the Dakota Bowl.
The Deacons took over the top spot after beating the Saints in week six. Saints Head Coach Dan Smekar knows his defense will be tested.
"They got a quarterback that likes to run the ball, I think the last time we played them, their quarterback ran the ball 27 times. So, we've got to make sure that we can corral him, but they also like to grind it, and run the ball, they're really big play capabilities down the field, so, that's what hurt us. They've got a long run, a long pass, and then they kept the ball from us, so, they do a lot of things well offensively," said Smekar.
The Saints and the Deacons are in the third game of the day Friday. Game time should be around 3:00 CST, give or take on how the first two games go.