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102nd MEETING IN THE BATTLE FOR THE PAINT BUCKET

Sep. 30, 2007 9:22 AM | Author: VCSU Sports Information | Updated: Sep. 30th, 2007 9:36 AM
Sean Ritchie had a strong defensive game for the Vikings

Sean Ritchie had a strong defensive game for the Vikings 

Football fans could not have asked for a better fall day to have the 102nd meeting between Valley City State and Jamestown College. The fan turnout matched the weather as the Lokken field was packed by supporters of both teams to watch the longest running rivalry game in the state of North Dakota.

The game was kicked off in style as the Paint Bucket Trophy was flown onto the field by the 112th Aviation Battalion in Bismarck. Aboard the helicopter were Sergeant Richard Blummler from Jamestown and Sergeant Jonathan Coleman from Valley City. The two then escorted the trophy safely to the VCSU side line where it would sit until the outcome was decided.

The contest did not live up to its billing as the Jimmies won in a rout 42-7. Leading the way for Jamestown were quarterback Josh Kittell (JR, Garrison, ND) with 193 passing yards and running back Jay Tweed (SO, Sykeston, ND) with 115 yards on the ground.[image2]

The lone highlight for the Vikings was delivered by Anthony Walkine (JR, Chicago, IL) as he raced 43 yards for a score in the third quarter. Highligting Viking defensive play was Sean Ritchie (SR, North Pole, AK). Ritchie has 12 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and the Vikings lone sack.

21 year coaching veteran and former VCSU All American linebacker Dave Rausch became the first Viking football player to have his number retired. Rausch's number 64 jersey was retired in a ceremony held Friday evening.

With the loss the Vikings drop to 0-4 on the season 0-3 in conference action while JC improves to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play. The Vikings will look to get things rolling next weekend when they travel to Mayville who is currently 1-4 on the season.
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