Oct 17th, 2009 @ 4:47 pm | Author: Viking Sports Info
Vikings Reset Rushing Record in Win Over Comets
By Ryan Cunningham NewsDakota.com

October 17

Valley City--Two straight weeks, two straight school rushing records for the Viking football team.

After amassing 327 yards on the ground last week at Dakota State, the Vikings surpassed the record by racking up 440 yards of their own turf in a 38-21 win over Mayville State Saturday at Lokken Field.

Quarterback Trent Kosel (Jr., Edgeley, ND) led the way with eight carries for 117 yards, including a 70 yard quarterback draw for a score.

Tailback Jordan Backstrom (So., Maddock, ND) rumbled 100 yards on 13 carries, mostly in the first half as the Vikings took control of the game. A.J. Pfeifer (So., Buffalo, ND) and Derek Elliot (Fr., Valley City, ND) added 79 and 60 yards respectively.

Comet quarterback Jake McLain (Jr., Chadron, NE) did his best to keep Mayville State in the game, rushing for 42 yards and a score, and finishing 20 of 45 for 196 yards and a score. Most of the damage came late after the Viking defense applied stifling pressure him through three quarters.

That defensive effort showed up on the first series of the game. McLain was sacked on the first play from scrimmage by linebacker Kevin Strang (Jr., Sauk Rapids, MN). McLain was then hurried on two passes, and the Comets gave up the ball.

The Vikings drove from their own 47 inside the Comet 10, but were held to an incomplete pass in the end zone on third down. Marineo Tosluuku (Sr., Naples, FL) drilled a 26 yard field goal, giving the Vikings the opening lead 3-0 with just 3:29 of the opening quarter gone.

Mayville State conducted their most successful drive against the Viking starting defense on their next possession. The drove 67 yards, with a 22 yard pass to Chris Williams (Sr., Houston, TX) on the ninth play setting up first-and-goal at the Viking one.

The Viking defense delivered by forcing an incompletion, then dropping running back Jon Drees (Jr., Thief River Falls, MN) for a four yard loss. McLain then completed a pass to Drees out of the backfield, resulting in two more yards of lost real estate, and McLain would miss a field goal on fourth down, keeping the lead with Vikings at 3-0.

It would take the Vikings three drives to find success. After taking over on their own eight, they turned to Elliot. He broke off a 19 yard rush to start the drive, ripped another for nine more, and after a 19 yard scamper by Kosel, he finished the drive with a 22 yard dash to the house, pushing the lead to 10-0 with 7:19 left of the half.

The big play then became a factor. After holding the Comets to one first down, the Vikings assumed possession on their own 30, but needed just three plays to score. Pfeifer busted a hole and a tackle against a tight Comet defense and raced 68 yards for the score, carrying the lead to 17-0 with 4:08 left till the break. The lead would stand at halftime.

More big plays would give the Vikings a firm hold on the game on their opening second half opportunity. Backstrom carried for 35 yards on the second play, and two plays later, Kosel hit Pfeifer for a 23 yard scoring strike with just 1:40 of the third quarter gone. The Vikings led 24-0.

The Viking defense held the Comets to just 15 plays over their next four possessions, including a turnover, and the offense would hop on another long scoring play to put it out of reach. Kosel would take a designed draw 70 yards off left guard for the major with 3:48 left of the third, running the lead to 31-0.

The Comets finally got on the board with a seven yard toss from McLain to Williams with 9:43 left of the fourth, but the Vikings answered immediately. Mike York (Sr., Burnsville, MN) returned the ensuing kickoff too the Comet 31 yard line, and Andy Derilus (Jr., Miami, FL) dashed in from 25 yards out 1:02 after the Comet score to rebuild the 31 point lead at 38-7.

The Comets scored twice more against Viking defensive subs. McLain ran in a touchdown from eight yards out with 5:22 left, and Mitch Ford (Fr., Cavalier, ND) darted in from two yards away with 37 seconds left, setting the final at 38-21.

The Vikings improve to 2-5 overall, 2-3 in Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) play. Mayville State is now 1-6, 0-5 in the league. The Comets host Minot State next week, while the Vikings travel to Rapid City to face South Dakota Mines.