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Football prepares for No. 1 Morningside College

Sep. 05, 2013 4:07 PM | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
Cedric Chappell runs after a catch Saturday against University of Jamestown. Photo by Jake McNeal/Valley City Times-Record

Cedric Chappell runs after a catch Saturday against University of Jamestown. Photo by Jake McNeal/Valley City Times-Record 

What: Valley City State @ Morningside College (Sioux City, Iowa) Football
When: 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7
Watch: Morningside College Stream
Listen: KOVC 1490-AM, streamed at NewsDakota.com
Live Stats: Stats

Fresh off a 31-14 win over rival Jamestown in the season opener, the Viking football team faces what looks to be its toughest test all season: No. 1 Morningside College.

Valley City State is on the road for the second straight week but this time, instead of a 35-minute trip to Jamestown, it's a six-hour bus ride to the home of the top-ranked team in the nation. Morningside College is the national runner-up from 2012, and returned nine offensive starters. That's led to the Mustangs being ranked No. 1 in this year's Preseason Top 25 Coaches' Poll.

Game time is set for 7 p.m. Saturday night. It is the season opener for Morningside. The Valley City State radio broadcast can be heard on KOVC 1490 AM and streamed at NewsDakota.com. Matt Douglass will have the play-by-play action.

VCSU is 0-2 all-time against Morningside College, having faced the Mustangs in both 2011 and 2012.

The Vikings are coming off a solid all-around performance in the season opener last week. Freshman quarterback Kurtis Walls completed 16 of 23 passes and threw for 194 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start. The defense forced four Jamestown turnovers, including an interception and two forced fumbles by junior linebacker Austyn Flores.

Senior running back Derek Elliott rushed for 103 yards and a score, and junior running back Ian Keller gained 72 yards on the ground with a touchdown.

Valley City swept the North Star Athletic Association Player of the Week awards following the win over Jamestown. Walls was named Offensive POW; Flores was named Defensive POW; and kicker Thomas Cortez earned Special Teams POW.
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