Nov 7th, 2010 @ 3:56 pm | Author: Vikings sports info
Vikings Win Shootout Over Trojans

By Ryan Cunningham

November 7

Fargo--When the opening kickoff is returned for a score in a season finale between two teams with nothing to lose, you know the fireworks are on.

The Vikings gave up an 85-yard kickoff return to Dakota State's Stacey Berg (So., Winslow, AZ), then racked up 514 yards of first-half offense, winning a 62-39 track meet at the FargoDome Sunday.

Valley City State scored 41 first-half points, including scores on back-to-back drives after an onside kick recovery, grinding Dakota State's defense for 395 rushing yards.

Derek Elliot (So., Valley City, ND) sparked a score on the Viking opening drive with a 67-yard rush, and ended the day with 131 yards on 16 carries, one of three Vikings to rush for over 100 yards.

Quarterback Trent Kosel (Sr., Edgeley, ND) ran for 107 yards, and finished 13-18 for 255 yards and four touchdowns in his final game as a Vikings. Andy Derilus, (Sr., Miami, FL) scored twice and ran for 122 yards.

LeTheo Proctor (Jr., Anchorage, AK) waited all year for a touchdown catch, but grabbed two scores, the second on a halfback pass from Jordan Backstrom (Jr., Maddock, ND) for the final Viking score of the day. Proctor finished with 132 yards on five catches.

The Vikings finished with 658 yards of total offense and scored in every quarter.

The Trojans found a way to make it close, despite trailling 41-10 at halftime. A Kosel fumble would be recovered by Dakota State at the Viking 40, and a play later, Paul Bagala (So., Poulsbo, WA) hit Berg for a 40-yard strike.

Valley City State answered with a 37-yard toss to Proctor, but the Trojans cut the lead to 16 with a nine-yard throw to Carl Curtis (So., Mesa, AZ), then recovered an onside kick the Vikings were not expecting.

It would take 15 plays, but the Trojans hit again on a Derrick Bunker (Fr., Lake Preston, SD) one-yard dive. A two-point throw to Kyle McIntyre was good, and with 14:57 left of the fourth, the Viking lead was a perilous 16 at 48-32.

The Vikings answered by stringing 11 plays together, with Kosel finding Nick Schoenecker (Fr., Watkins, MN) for a seven-yards connection with 9:16 to go. Defensive back Cody Kilthau (Jr., Mililani, HI) picked off a Bagala pass on the opening play of the Trojan drive, returning it to the Trojan 31.

Four plays later, Kosel tossed the ball to Backstrom, running right, who threw off his back foot and found Proctor on the right side of the endzone for the score that pushed the total over 60, effectively icing the game.

Dakota State would score late on a five yard toss to Mike Trimble (Sr., Fullerton, CA).

Bagala finished a respectable 15-33 for 198 yards and three touchdowns.