Nov 13th, 2011 @ 2:49 pm | Author: Viking Sports Admin
VCSU Qualifies for the NAIA Football Championship Series
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics today selected the Valley City State University Viking football team as a qualifier for the NAIA Football Championship Series. In the first round of the playoffs, the Vikings are scheduled to take on the Carroll College Fighting Saints in Helena Montana at 1:07 (central).
This is the eighth trip to the national playoffs in Viking history, and first appearance since back-to-back trips in 2000 and 2001 when VCSU faced Carroll College. This year, VCSU is the only NAIA team in North or South Dakota to advance to the playoffs. The 2011 season has been highlighted by nine straight wins after falling in the season opener. During that time, VCSU has won an outright DAC championship by going 6-0 with home-and-away sweeps against Dickinson State, Jamestown College, and Mayville State. Along the way the Vikings earned 15 DAC and Association of Independent Institutions (AII) Player of the Week awards including eight for offense, six for defense, and one for special teams.
Head Coach Dennis McCulloch said, 'One of the biggest things impacting our success this season has been the new synthetic turf at Shelly Ellig Field. It has allowed us to have quality practices every day no matter what weather conditions we faced. The old practice fields take a pounding and get very hard in cold weather, and the consistent quality of our artificial turf surface has helped our entire team stay healthier. Our guys have a great attitude every day walking onto the new facility which has been a great help to the coaching staff.'
VCSU is currently ranked #12 in the NAIA, the highest ranking for the team since the 2002 season when it was ranked #10 on two separate occasions.
Final team pairings and ratings for the entire NAIA Championship Series are available at the NAIA web site www.naia.org.
Top Ten Vikings Individual Rankings:
Jordan Maher Ranks #2 in NAIA Total Sacks (11.500)
LeTheo Proctor Ranks #7 in NAIA Total Receive Yds (872)
AJ Pfeifer Ranks #7 in NAIA Total Rushing (1049)
Tommy Zinke Ranks #8 in NAIA Pass Efficiency (153.700)