Aug 28th, 2010 @ 9:35 pm | Author: Vikings Sports Admin
Late Rally Leads Vikings to Rout of TBC
By Ryan Cunningham

August 29

Valley City--The Vikings got more of a test in their season opener than many expected, despite what the lop-sided score would indicate.

Valley City State used a burst of third quarter scoring to run by Trinity Bible College of Ellendale, ND, in the 2010 season opener at Lokken Field Saturday night 44-0.

A large, perhaps larger than expected, crowd in Valley City watched in anticipation as the Vikings walked down the field on their opening drive, then watched in some anxiety as penalties and a more effective Lions opponent prevented a runaway early.

The Vikings led just 20-0 until 2:27 left in the third, but ran the lead to 41-0 with three touchdowns that covered just 2:18 of gametime to put the game out of reach.

"It was tough to prepare our team this week," said head coach Dennis McCulloch after the matchup. "We had alumni telling players that Trinity wasn't any good, that their JV beat them by sixty and stuff. Trinity has some playmakers."

Lions quarterback Clint Linthicum (So., Poplar, MT) led an option running attack and did enough with his arm to keep the ball from the Vikings, preventing an early run away. Touchdowns by Jordan Backstrom (Jr., Maddock, ND) and A. J. Pfeifer (Jr., Buffalo, ND) gave the Vikings a 14-0 lead at the half.

Short fields were a friend of VCSU in the second half. Backstrom scored his second major on a one-play, 10-yard drive with a rush early in the third quarter. Quarterback Tommy Zinke (So., Rolla, ND) hooked up with Ken Eliacin (So., Miami, FL) on a 17-yard strike to start the key scoring run with 2:27 left of the third.

Jackyson Bazile (Jr., Naples, FL) returned an interception for touchdown a half-minute later, and Zinke connected with Pfeifer for a 35-yard strike with just nine seconds left on another short porch drive, giving the Vikings a 41-0 lead.

New kicker Dillon Davis (Fr., Cocoa Beach, FL) added a 42-yard field goal in the fourth to cap the scoring.

McCulloch found some optimism with his team throughout the night. "We have a lot of weapons, and when we're on, it's going to be tough for teams to match up with all of those guys."

The Vikings have the Labor Day weekend off, then travel to Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) Saturday, September 11th.