With Carroll College tied at 24 points apiece with Montana Tech and only three seconds remaining, the Fighting Saints sent Colter Hamel out to attempt a game-winning 45-yard field goal.

The senior booted the attempt through the uprights and took off sprinting toward the other end of the field in celebration.

“In high school, my senior year I nailed two game-winners,” Hamel said. “But nothing has been quite that big out there. Stepping up from 45 yards and being able to put it through at the last second to win a game against a conference rival was an absolutely amazing feeling, and it’s something we have to continue to move forward with the rest of the season.”

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Hamel helped cap 17 consecutive points by the Saints, who trailed the Orediggers 24-10 with 9:36 to play in the game.

“Colter Hamel has been an awesome player. He’s been beat out every year he’s been here,” said Carroll head coach Mike Van Diest. “We’ve brought in freshman after freshman to compete with him and he’s lost the job a couple different times. But he still goes out and practices. You can’t say enough about (David) Barnett with the snap and Dylan Torgerson with the hold. I think Colter had a couple extra points and a couple field goals today so that’s big time. That’s big time.”

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