Nov 1st, 2008 @ 5:37 pm | Author: Viking Sports Admin
Jason Beilke and Chauncey Calhoun connected 14 times setting the new single game receptions mark for VCSU eclipsing the old mark of 12 set by Bob McKenzie (1967) and Tyler Schlect (1988). Jason Beilke also surpassed the Single season touchdown pass formerly held by Jeremy Peschel. Beilke connected with Calhoun to start the fourth quarter for his 29th of the year. Along the way Calhoun broke the single season reception record (61) also held by Schlect. Calhoun finished the game with 72 receptions for the year.
In what was the Vikings best effort thus far VCSU dominated South Dakota Mines for four quarters in their 34-14 victory at Lokken field on Saturday. Although the Vikes were only up 9-0 at the half the Hard Rockers never threatened Viking territory, While VCSU spent most of their time on the SDMT half of the field.
The second half was an offensive and defensive display as the Vikes scored four times in the first 15:30 after the break.
The defense harassed Mines quarterback Nick Russell all day and effectively eliminated the running game. The Hard Rockers could only manage 15 yards on the ground.
While the strong Viking passing attack had an off day relative to the normal output the VCSU running attack was firing on all cylinders the entire game. VCSU backs ran 48 times for 270 yards. The Vikings got an outstanding performance from freshman running back Jordan Backstrom who ran 17 times for 92 yards and a touchdown. While Backstrom's numbers were impressive the way he got them was more so. Numerous times it looked as though the Hard Rocker defense had Backstrom stopped for little or no gain, but his hard running straight ahead style allowed him to break tackles and fight for extra yards on each carry.
The defense was paced by Kevin Strang (10 tackles, 1 fumble recovery), Michael Webber (7 tackles, 1 interception), and Devin Aedo (5 tackles). Two of Aedo's tackles will undoubtedly be nominated for the big hit of the game as he leveled Hard Rocker ball carriers.
VCSU will finish the regular season at Jamestown College next week looking to avenge the loss from early in the year and bring the Paint Bucket back to the valley.