Oct 2nd, 2010 @ 4:18 pm | Author: viking sports admin
Offense Struggles Again in Vikings Loss

By Ryan Cunningham NewsDakota.com

October 4

Valley City--The Vikings made the tenth-ranked team in the nation look very average Saturday afternoon. Two items, items that are related, were missing.

Points and a win remained absent.

The Vikings drove 12 plays and scored the games first touchdown, then withered offensively, dropping a 16-6 loss to #10 Dickinson State at Lokken Field in Viking homecoming Saturday afternoon.

While the defense continued it's sound play, the offense continued to languish with a combination of lack of consistency and penalties, and has now scored one touchdown and nine points in it's last 10 quarters.

Derek Elliot was the offense's lone bright spot, rushing 12 times for 79 yards. His 44-yard dash set up the game's opening score, and he finished the drive with a one yard, diving and sidewinding leap into the end zone.

The Viking defense dominated the Bluehawks, holding Dickinson State to just 222 yards. The Bluehawks took advantage of key Viking mistakes to hold onto the win.

The first came on the ensuing play after Elliot's score. The Vikings opted for a short kickoff, and the Bluehawks' Brennan Haughian returned it to the Viking 25 yard line. They were in the endzone five plays later.

The key plays involved quarterback Cody Holland (Sr., Moorpack, CA) making plays with his feet. His scrambles sustained key drives, one that led to the second Bluehawk touchdown on the day, while the others sustained second-half drives that kept the ball out of the Vikings' hands.

When the Vikings did get the ball, the offense was stagnant. Trent Kosel (Sr., Edgeley, ND) was 14-29 for just 117 yards and an interception. The pick was in the endzone with the Vikings threatening.

The Vikings are 1-4, 0-3 in Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) play. They travel to Black Hills State Saturday afternoon, with kickoff scheduled for 2:00 p.m.