Oct 15th, 2011 @ 3:55 pm | Author: Viking Sports Admin
FB: Vikings Beat Blue Hawks 23-13, Move to 6-1

By: Ryan Cunningham (NewsDakota.com)

The Viking defense held the Blue Hawk offense to just two first downs during the first three quarters on Saturday as the Vikings won a 23-13 victory over Dickinson State at Shelly Ellig Field and Lokken Stadium in Valley City Saturday.

The win marked the first time in 27 years since the Vikings beat the Bluehawks in back-to-back games, and moved the Vikings to 6-1 overall, 4-0 in Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) play. The post-season hopes for Valley City State remain alive.

A.J. Pfeiffer (Sr., Buffalo, ND) rushed a brusing 39 times for 152 yards and a touchdown in the win. His score came on an opening drive that all-but dictated how the Vikings would dominate the Bluehawks.

Starting at their own 13, the Vikings moved 87 yards on 17 plays during a drive that lasted 9:57 seconds. Pfeiffer carried the ball 12 times on the march, including the last four plays, scoring on a fourth-and-one from the Bluehawk two for a 7-0 lead.

The second Viking possession also lasted 17 plays, resulting in a Thomas Cortez (Fr., Haiku, HI) field goal from 35 yards. The drive killed the first quarter, and took the game over four minutes into the second quarter, giving the Bluehawks just five offensive snaps in the first frame.

When the next two Bluehawk drives all died after three plays, Viking quarterback caller Tommy Zinke (Jr., Rolla, ND) read a Bluehawk blitz, and made Dickinson State pay, connecting on a 62-yard heave to LeTheo Proctor (Sr., Anchorage, AK) with 4:21 left of the half, giving the Vikings a 17-0 edge they would take to the break.

Dickinson State was held to just 36 yards of total offense in the first half, and Velasquez did not record a single yard through the air the first 30 minutes. Brennian Haughian (Soph., Terry, MT) recorded 34 of the Bluehawks' 36 yards on eight carries.

There was no improvement for the Bluehawks in the third. They failed to record a single first down, and gained only eight total yards on three possessions. Velasquez was just 1-6 in the frame for three yards, bringing his three-quarter total to 2-10 passing.

The Vikings connected for their third touchdown on their second touch of the half. Zinke broke the drive with a 25-yard toss to Bernardo Marte (Sr., Miami, FL), and Proctor scored his second touchdown on a six-yard run out of the wildcat formation, a score that pushed the lead to 23-0 at the end of three quarters.

Dickinson State found the endzone for the first time on their next drive, when Velasquez hit Nate Zachmann (Jr., Golva, ND) on a nine-yard score. The Vikings played prevent the rest of the way, allowing a final score with just 28.2 seconds left, an 18-yard toss from Velasquez to Jimmy Smith (Soph., Dickinson, ND).

The Bluehawks finished the day with 235 yards of total offense, with 159 of those coming in the fourth quarter against the Viking prevent. Velasquez finished 12-30 for 104 yards. Haughian rushed 19 times for 95 yards.

Zinke ended the day 15-24 for 192 yards and a score. Proctor caught all six of his touches in the first half, finishing with 96 yards and a score.

The Vikings play at Jamestown College Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.