Oct 31st, 2009 @ 4:33 pm | Author: Viking Sports Info
Jimmies Haunt Vikings on Halloween
By Ryan Cunningham NewsDakota.com

October 31

Valley City--Halloween saw the Vikings try the tricks, and the Jimimes enjoy the treats.

A variety of trick plays by the Vikings saw no success, and Jamestown College racked up 259 yards through the air on the Dakota Athletic Conference's (DAC) best pass defense in a 38-19 win for the Jimmies at Lokken Field Saturday.

Jimmie quarterback Michael Beehler (Jr., Foley, MN) was excellent, finishing 26 of 37 for 259 yards and three scores. Three different Jimmie receivers amassed 50 or more yards receiving.

Derek Elliot (Fr., Valley City, ND) was the lone bright spot for the Vikings, catching five passes for 116 yards and an 89 yard touchdown. He also scored on the ground from short range.

The Vikings tried every trick one can think of, with no success. The first play of the game was a dropped double pass that may have gone for a score. The Vikings attempted a throw back on a kickoff return, only to be penalized for an illegal forward pass. A fake punt try fell apart before it really got going.

In the end, the game saw just about every type of setback that has plagued the Vikings all season. A combination of drive-killing penalties, turnovers on big plays, and denials in the red zone came for a second straight week. The Vikings were turned away twice inside the ten with no points.

The game started just as last week's matchup with South Dakota Mines did. After holding the Jimmies on their opening drive, Trent Kosel (Jr., Edgeley, ND) hit Elliot on a bubble screen, with Elliot dashing in from 89 yards out to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead just four minutes into the game.

It was the last time the Vikings would score till the fourth quarter. The Jimmies responded with 31 unanswered points, including an 18 yard run by Beehler and a two yard run by Matt Mithaugen (Fr., Fergus Falls, MN) before halftime, to give the Jimmies a 14-7 lead at the break.

The Jimmies tacked on distance to start the third. Taking over at the Viking 49, they drove seven plays, capping the drive with an 18 yard pass from Beehler to Max Boe (So., Houston, TX) for the score, pushing the lead to 21-7 less than five minutes into the second half.

After a Viking fumble, the Jimmies assumed possession at their own 46, and scored six plays later on a 36 yard field goal by Nate Nygard (Jr., Fargo, ND) to edge the lead to 24-7. On their next drive, the Jimmies put the game out of reach on another 18 yard scoring toss from Beehler, this time to Josh Ewalt (So., Miles City, MT). The Jimmies led 31-7 with 14:53 left of the game.

The Vikings mounted a comeback effort behind a three-yard run by Elliot with 11:00 to go, and a 20 yard strike from Kosel to A. J. Pfeifer (So., Buffalo, ND) just 2:51 later, cutting the lead to 31-19 with 8:09 left.

The Jimmies ended the bid with a 53 yard toss from Beehler to Boe on a third down play, punching the lead to 38-19 with 4:24 remaining. The Vikings would stall, and the Jimmies would run out the clock inside the Viking 15.

The Jimmies improve to 5-4, and will play next week against an undetermined opponent, presumably Minot State. The Vikings drop to 2-7, and will face, presumably, South Dakota Mines next Sunday. Both games will be in the FargoDome.