Oct 25th, 2008 @ 4:07 pm | Author: Viking Sports Admin: Courtesy of Ryan Cunningham
Valley City State University won a matchup with Mayville State University Saturday afternoon 45-22 at Jerome Berg Field in Mayville. It was the second win in a row for the Vikings, who are now 4-4 overall, 2-3 in Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) play.
The Vikings set the tone early, with a 75 yard drive in five plays on the opening possession of the game. All 75 yards were gained by A.J. Pfeifer (RB, Fr., Buffalo, ND) on four carries, the last a 37 yard touchdown run.
The Comets answered with a kickoff return by Chris Williams (WR, Jr., Houston, TX) to the Viking 29. The Comets scored three plays later to tie the game. But the Vikings answered with two more touchdowns, as the game saw four major scores in the first 5:46 seconds. The Vikings led 21-7 with 9:14 to play in the first.
The Vikings missed opportunities to blow the game open by fumbling twice inside the Comet 30 in the first half. Mayville State couldn't muster any consistent offense, and the game was still 21-7 Vikings at the break.
The Vikings added a field goal by Marineo Tosluuku (PK, Sr., Miami, FL), then scored their fourth touchdown with a one-yard plunge by Andy Derilus (RB, So., Miami, FL) to lead 31-7 with 3:03 left in the third.
In the fourth quarter the Vikings scored when a throw by Jason Beilke (QB, Sr., Valley City, ND) was batted in the air by a Comet defender in the end zone, then was tipped by another, and Viking Jason Hollett (TE, Jr., North Pole, AK) made a diving catch on the ball for the touchdown. Another touchdown drive, was capped by a six yard toss to Hollet from Beilke to regain a 24 point lead 38-14. The Vikings put their final score on the board with 5:32 left in the fourth to lead 45-14.
The Vikings will be looking to even their conference record and win their third straight game as they take on South Dakota Mines Saturday at 1:30 at Lokken Field.
Note: Jason Beilke tied the single season touchdown pass record (28) set in 2000 by Jeremy Peschel.