Oct 11th, 2009 @ 9:58 am | Author: Viking Sports Admin
Vikings Outrun Trojans
By Ryan Cunningham NewsDakota.com
Valley City--After five shots at a win with no success, the Viking's plan for their matchup with Dakota State was to simplify to get the offense rolling.
It almost worked to perfection. It did get the Vikings a win.
Tailback Mike McAtee (RFr., Rolla, ND) led a 327 yard rushing attack that ate up the Trojan defense. Turnovers, however, kept the Vikings from earning a blowout, with the team settling for a 19-3 win Saturday afternoon at Trojan Field in Madison, SD.
McAtee rushed 24 times for 174 yards and a touchdown, with Andy Derilus (Jr., Miami, FL) carrying 19 times for 103 yards and a score.
The rushing game was better than the score indicated. Two Viking fumbles on the Trojan three kept the Vikings from easy scores, and a missed field goal and a stall on downs kept the Vikings from more points.
The Vikings stingy defense kept the offensive miscues from biting Valley City State. They held the Trojans to just 23 yards rushing for the day, and never allowed the Trojans inside the 25 yard line.
Ironically, it was the Trojan offense that was clicking early. After a three-and-out by the Vikings to start the game, Dakota State marched 14 plays down the field, but the drive stalled at the Viking 26.
After another quick possession by VCSU, the Trojans again moved well, but Ivan Lora (So., Miami, FL) recovered a Trojan fumble to stop the drive at the Viking 32.
Viking quarterback Trent Kosel (Jr., Edgeley, ND) would hit Derek Elliot (Fr., Valley City, ND) for a 14 yard pass to set up a goal situation. Derilus would finish the drive with a one-yard run, giving the Vikings a 6-0 lead with 4:57 remaining in the first.
Dakota State stalled on their next drive, and the Vikings would counter with an interception, setting up the Trojans at the Viking 48. Six plays later, Stacey Berg would hit a 44 yard field goal, cutting the Viking lead to 12-3 at the 10:26 mark of the second.
The most impressive drive of the day would be the ensuing Viking drive. Taking over at their own 25, the offense would romp 75 yards in 14 plays, with Kosel hitting Matt Crane (Sr., Wasilla, AK) for a 36 yard strike, pushing the lead to 12-3 with 3:28 to play. The lead would hold to the break.
The second half saw McAtee take over. On the Vikings initial second half drive, he would carry nine times for 35 yards. The drive started a trend, however, stalling out on the Trojan 20.
After a stop of the Trojans, VCSU again started marching from their 47, with Derilus and Elliot carrying the load. The drive reached the Trojan 16, but would result in a missed field goal, keeping the Viking lead at nine.
Dakota State would fumble it's next possession, giving the Vikings the ball on the Trojan 23. After three solid runs by McAtee, the Vikings would turn to Derilus for the score but a fumble on the Trojan thee gave the ball back to Dakota State.
The Trojans would lose two yards in three plays and punt into a stiff west win, turning ownership of the ball to the Vikings at Dakota State's 32. McAtee woudl rip five straight runs for 31 yards, but he fumbled trying to finish, with the Trojans again assuming the ball at their own three.
The 12-3 lead would be put in jeopardy after a 57 yard screen catch-and-run by Dakota State's Drew Allen, driving the ball to the Viking 28. The drive ended on pick-off by Jermaine Marcellus (So., Miami, FL), and, after a penalty on the return, the Vikings took over at their own seven.
It would take just seven plays for the Vikings to finally see the end zone. McAtee carried five times, busting loose on the fifth attempt for 60 yards after a hit stood him up in a stand-still at the line, giving the Vikings their 19-3 margin with 4:04 left. The Trojans would stall on their final drive to end the game.
The Vikings improve to 1-5, 1-3 in Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) play. They host Mayville State next Saturday afternoon at Lokken Field.