What: VCSU vs. Trinity Bible College football
When: Saturday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m.
Where: Shelly Ellig Field, Valley City
Valley City State University welcomes the Trinity Bible College Lions (Ellendale, N.D.) to Shelly Ellig Field for tonight’s non-conference football game.
The Vikings come in with a 2-1 overall record and a 1-0 record in the North Star Athletic Association. VCSU has wins over University of Jamestown and Dakota State University, and a loss to No. 1-ranked Morningside College (Iowa). VCSU is receiving votes in the first regular season NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.
Trinity Bible brings a 1-2 record to Valley City. The Lions are a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association. Trinity lost its season opener at home to Trinity International University by a score of 48-0. The Lions have been on the road the last two weeks, suffering a 16-6 loss to Cole College in Denver on Sept. 7. Last week the Lions won big, scoring a 38-20 victory at Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, Wisc.
Johnny Perry Jr. has been the go-to offensive weapon this year for Trinity. The 5-10 sophomore running back is averaging 110 yards per game on the ground, and also leads the team with 10 receptions for 127 years. Last week, Perry racked up 178 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Valley City State and Trinity Bible College have played just once in the last 10 years. That was back in 2010 when Valley City earned a 44-0 victory. Valley City is one of five NAIA schools on Trinity’s schedule this year. The Lions will also play Presentation College, Mayville State, Waldorf College and Dordt College.
The Vikings have been led this year by a powerful offense that is averaging 40 points per game. VCSU’s 63 points last week against Dakota State is a modern-day record school record.
As a team, the Vikings are ranked No. 4 in the NAIA in pass efficiency rating (173.2) and total scoring (122). They are also ranked No. 5 in total rushing offense (666).
Notes: Elliott leads NAIA stats
Derek Elliott has been a scoring threat every time he touches the ball this season for VCSU. The senior running back from Valley City currently leads the NAIA in total rushing yards (534) and total scoring (44 points). He is second in all-purpose yards (603) and fifth in rushing yards per game (178).
The offensive line has opened some gaping holes for Elliott, as he’s had opportunities to use his speed in the open field. Elliott has scored on runs of 77 and 66 yards, and a screen pass of 55 yards. His 2,150 career rushing yards ranks him 4th all time at VCSU, and his 22 career rushing touchdowns is just three away from tying the school record held by Buck Kasowski and John Overbey.