Sep 23rd, 2006 @ 6:21 pm | Author: Vikings Sports News
JAMESTOWN, ND -- Valley City State's defense made a loud statement Saturday by limiting the number one rushing and scoring offense in the Dakota Athletic Conference to 15 yards on the ground and two field goals as the Vikings scored late to defeat the Jimmies 7-6 in the 101st Paint Bucket game at Rollie Greeno Field.
The effort was almost wasted. Jason Beilke connected with Jason Hollett from 20 yards out with just over five minutes remaining in the game to tie the score. Marineo Toslluku's conversion put the Vikings on top for good.
Jamestown took a 3-0 lead on a 22 yard field goal by Bryan Loweree and added another 22 yarder in the third quarter to build the lead to 6-0. Both field goals were moral victories for VCSU as the Jimmies failed to convert the short field into touchdowns.
A stiff wind from the north and a rough punting game put the Vikings in the hole several times. Four quarterback sacks and three forced turnovers of their own kept the game within reach heading into the fourth quarter until the Vikings offense rallied.
Taking over at the twenty yard line, Beilke led the Vikings on a 12 play, 80 yard drive. VCSU converted a long third down and a long fourth down on the way to the Beilke to Hollett touchdown.
After a Jametown punt and a three-and-out by VCSU, Chauncey Calhoun made ammends for two short punts against the wind by vauling a 78 yard punt that put the Jimmies in the hole at the 3 yard line with under a minute to play.
Beilke coverted 10 of 23 passes for 121 yards with Justin Folk on the receiving end of five completions.
Joe Maresh had two of the Vikings four sacks and chipped in with 3.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble. Tony Jenkins and Marcus Grohman added sacks and Bryan Wieland added an interception.
Ryan Drinkwater rushed 15 times for 54 yards.
With the win, the 22nd ranked Vikings move to 3-1 (1-0) on the year while the 17th ranked Jimmies fall to 3-1 (0-1).