Sep 14th, 2013 @ 9:28 pm | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
A first quarter full of rain could not put a damper on Valley City State's home opener Saturday. The Vikings scored the first 29 points of the game, all on first-quarter touchdowns from senior running back Derek Elliott, as they blasted Dakota State 63-20 under the lights of Shelly Ellig Field.

Elliott took a screen pass from Kurtis Walls 55 yards for a touchdown on Valley City's first offensive play from scrimmage, and from there it was all Vikings. VCSU racked up 508 yards of total offense and scored nine total touchdowns, including an interception return by senior linebacker Jake Thurston.

Valley City State improves to 2-1 on the season, and 1-0 in the North Star Athletic Association. Dakota State drops to 0-3. Saturday's game for the first North Star football game for both teams.

The Vikings led 29-0 after the first quarter and 43-14 at halftime. Elliott racked up 165 yards on the ground and four total touchdowns. Walls threw for 254 yards and four touchdowns. Colby Lum caught five passes for 128 yards and a touchdown. Ethen Preston led the Viking defense with 11 total tackles. Dwanye Fearon had 10 tackles and a sack.

The Vikings are home again next week, hosting Trinity Bible at 6 p.m. on Sept. 21.