Sep 27th, 2009 @ 10:47 am | Author: Viking Sports Admin
Vikings Stopped by Bluehawks

By Ryan Cunningham

September 26

Dickinson State kept the Vikings out of the end zone for the entire four quarters Saturday, defeating the Vikings 27-3 at the Badlands Activities Center in Dickinson.

James Macey (Sr., Stockton, CA) uncorked a 41 yard run to set up the third touchdown of the day to open up an otherwise tight game, and Cody Holland (Jr., Moorpack, CA) went to the house from 54 yards out to break the Vikings back late.

The Vikings offense was the story for the second straight week. After fumbling three times inside the 20 a week ago versus Minot State, they mustered just 201 total yards, with Trent Kosel (Jr., Edgeley, ND) completing 17 passes for just 94 yards.

The only first half points came in the final three minues. After the teams combined for only four first downs in the opening quarter, the Vikings strung together a 17 play drive, moving to the Bluehawk four. The Vikings would settle for a 25 yard field goal by Marineo Tosluuku (Sr., Naples, FL), taking a 3-0 lead with 2:47 left.

The big play bit the Vikings before the half. Just 1:20 later, Holland would connect with Blaine Berg (Sr., Glendive, MT) for a 58 yard scoring strike. Dickinson State took a 7-3 lead to the break.

Dickinson State turned to their passing game to open up their second half. Holland found Derek Pauley (Jr., Bowman, ND) for a 31 yard strike, setting the Hawks up at the Viking 21. Pauley would reel in a fade for the score from eight yards away, taking the lead to 14-3 with 4:27 left of the third.

The Viking offense would pick up just two first downs on their next two drives, and the Bluehawks would finally strike again. Macey, who was contained well through three quarters, would bust a 41 yard gain to the Viking five, and would finish the drive with a one yard plunge at the 9:46 mark of the fourth, taking the edge two 21-3.

A hurry-up drive found success for the Vikings but stalled on back-to-back sacks. The Hawks took over at their 40, and Holland would hit his long scamper with 4:29 left, taking the score to 27-3.

The Vikings fall to 0-4, 0-2 in Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) play. They host the Black Hills State University Yellowjackets in Homecoming 2009 next week.