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FB: VIkes Drop Paint Bucket Game

Oct. 31, 2010 1:50 PM | Author: Viking sports admin | Updated: Nov. 01st, 2010 11:40 AM
By Mark McKenzie NewsDakota.com

The historic football rivalry between Jamestown and Valley City continued Saturday at Rollie Greeno Field, on the campus of Jamestown College.

It was the 106th meeting between the two schools, and it wasn't decided until the final seconds, with the Jimmies celebrating a 19-13 victory.

The Vikings still hold a slim advantage the over-all series, 51 wins to 50, and there have been five ties.

The trophy the two teams play for is called the paint bucket, and that award was added to the match-up in 1961.

In the 57 paint bucket match-ups, Valley City has won 29, the Jimmies 28.

Jamestown struck first, on 31 yard TD pass from Senior Mike Beehler to Junior receiver Max Boe with 6:47 remaining in the first quarter. The extra point snap was bad, and the Jimmies never got the kick off.

Trailing 6-0, Valley City went 41 yards in 11 plays to set up a 32 yard field goal for Freshman Dillon Davis, to cut the deficit in half, 6-3.

The Vikings tried a pooch kick off that was fielded by Boe at his own 40, and after reversing the field, the Wylie, Texas product went 60 yards untouched to the end zone. Nate Nygard added the point after to extend the lead to 13-3.

Nygard would add another three pointer after a gamble by Valley City backfired midway through the second quarter. The Vikings faked a punt from their own 25 that failed. After a personal foul was flagged on Valley City, the Jimmies took over at the Viking 14. Jamestown settled for a 26 yard FG with 6:44 left in the half, that bumped the lead to 16-3.

Late in the half, Beehler found Boe on a 50 yard bomb that set up a 35 yard FG by Nygard with:03 remaining.

The teams headed to the halftime locker room with Jamestown on top 19-3.
Jamestown dominated the first half, with 217 yards to the Vikings 69. That would change in the second half.

Valley City marched 75 yards in 11 plays in the third quarter, and a one yard TD run by David Jones, and point after by Davis, cut the Jimmie lead to 19-10.

After Nygard missed a 30 yard attempt late in the quarter, the Vikings put together another drive that covered 69 yards. Davis nailed a 29 yard field goal to cut the Jimmie lead to 19-13 with 4:47 to go.

The Jimmies went three and out, but Junior punter Craig Anderson pinned the Vikings back to their own 10, with 2:45 remaining.

Valley City made things interesting, as they drove to the Jamestown 30 with a half minute to go, but Senior DB Dustin Erbes came up with his league leading seventh interception at the 13 to end the Viking threat.

The final stats were tight, with Jamestown finishing with 352 yards, and the Vikings 337. Beehler was throwing for 280 yards per game, but the DAC's number one pass defense held him to 203.

Trent Kosel led the Vikings with 66 yards rushing on 13 attempts while Derek Elliot added 30 yards on 13 attempts. Elliot showed his versatility by also leading the Vikings in receiving yards finishing with 70 yards on six receptions. Kosel completed 20-37 passes for 227 yards.

The Vikings will wrap up the regular season at Fargodome in the annual DAC Bowl next Sunday. Valley City State University will play Dakota State at 9:00 AM.
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