Oct 2nd, 2005 @ 8:55 pm | Author: Viking Sports News
Dickinson State used trademark Blue Hawk football in handing Valley City State their first loss of the season 13-6 at Whitney Stadium.
DSU tailback Larry Aldridge's 199 yards rushing and a strong defensive effort allowed the Blue Hawks to avoid the first three-game losing streak in coach Hank Biesiot's 30-year career.
Valley City took an early 3-0 lead in the first quarter on Shane Ross's 30 yard field goal.
Dickinson answered the Vikings score with a 9 play 88 yard drive that ended in an Aldrige 10 yard scamper. Aldrige accounted for all but 5 yards in the drive.
The score stayed 7-3 until the end of the third period when Rafe Espinoza hit Tyler Greff on a 30 yard fade route. The Hawks point after was blocked by B.J Ingram and left the score at 13-3.
Jamal Guys interception in the endzone with just under four minutes remaining in the game ended one Viking threat before Ross added another 30 yard field goal with 17 second remaining.
On the ensuing onside kick the Vikings recovered the ball but were ruled to have touched the ball within the ten yard free zone.
Aldrige rushed 23 times for 199 yards accounting for over half of the Hawks offense on the day.
The Vikings received a strong running game from Ryan Drinkwater who gained 60 yards on 13 carries.
Chad Lueck completed 21 of 43 passes for 180 yards and one interception. Rochenel Absolu and Justin Folk hauled in seven and six pass respectively.
The Vikings defense contributed another strong effort with freshman linebacker Quentin Sterling recording 11 tackles including a sack. B.J. Ingram had seven solo tackles, two sacks and a blocked kick along with three tackles for loss.
Saftety Chauncey Calhoun had eight tackles and picked off an Espinoza pass returning it 17 yards.
The loss was Valley City's first chink in their season record, leaving them 3-1 and 2-1 in the DAC. Dickinson moves to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the DAC.