Oct 10th, 2010 @ 12:37 pm | Author: Vikings sports info
Vikings Hammered by Yellowjackets

By Ryan Cunningham NewsDakota.com

October 9

Spearfish, SD--It was an ugly day for football, and an even uglier day for the Vikings.

With the lights on all afternoon, a stiff, cold north wind chilling the field, and an intermittent drizzle, Black Hills State rained on the Vikings in a 31-10 shelling at Lyle Hare Stadium in Spearfish.

The Yellowjackets carved up a usually stingy Viking defense for 252 yards on the ground on 46 carries, while the Viking offense fell apart at the seams in perhaps their worst showing of the year.

Quarterback Trent Kosel (Sr., Edgeley, ND) was just 11-34 for 131 yards, throwing an interception that shut down a promising Viking drive early. Ten more penalties for 74 yards added to an already difficult situation.

The Yellowjackets took full advantage with a running attack that picked the Viking defense apart. Drew Nielson (Fr., Glenrock, WY) ran for 144 yards and two scores in 24 carries, with a 56-yarder that ended Viking hopes early.

Black Hills State set the tone early, with a 10-play drive that for a field goal and a 12-play march that covered 72 yards, capped by a Drew Hodgs (Sr., Douglas, WY) toss to Mike Jager (Sr., Lake Norden, SD), giving the Jackets a 10-0 lead with 3:05 left of the first.

The Vikings used a 29-yard throw-and-scamper to LeTheo Proctor (Jr., Anchorage, AK) and a 23-yard reverse run by A. J. Pfeifer (Jr., Buffalo, ND) to move inside Jacket territory. The drive would end when Kosel threw a ball into the hands of a defensive lineman for his lone interception of the day.

As the half was ending, Hodgs would make his lone mistake, tossing the ball over the middle to Viking defensive back Jermaine Marcellus (Jr., Miami, FL), who returned the pick to the Jacket 18. The Vikings would earn a first-and-goal on an 11-yard run by Kosel.

The drive would stall on a false start penalty by the Vikings, their fourth line-of-scrimmage penalty of the half. Dillon Davis (Fr., Cocoa Beach, FL) would hit a 29-yard field goal, cutting the lead to 10-3 at the break.

Momentum was quickly re-established by the Jackets to start the second half. Taking over on their own 13, they marched 87 yards against the north breeze in 13 plays, with the final six being runs by Nielson. His head-over-heels dive from two yards away pushed the lead to 17-3 at 8:36 left of the third.

The Viking scoring drive was anything but textbook. It started with a holding penalty that put them in a second-and-20 hole. Two plays later, a screen pass to Derek Elliot (So., Valley City, ND) sailed over his head while he was dragged to the turf by Yellowjacket defenders.

Flags were thrown on the play for interference, but were waived off when a huddle of officials ruled the ball uncatchable. However, head Viking coach Dennis McCulloch successfully lobbied for a defensive holding call instead, and the Vikings received a first down at the original line of scrimmage.

Three plays later, the Vikings faced fourth-and-seven, and Coty Beck (Sr., Seward, AK) came into punt, but threw a perfect 28-yard spiral to Elliot, continuing the Viking drive. Penalties for false start and holding followed, and the Vikings looked at second-and-goal at the 22.

Kosel found Proctor for 18 yards to the Jacket four, and a roughing-the-passer call on the same play reset the down marker, giving the Vikings a first-and-goal at the two. Two plays later, tight end Ken Eliacin (So., Miami, FL) was tripped up, leading to an interference call.

The Vikings ran newly-healthy fullback David Jones (So., Fargo, ND) for the two-yard score, and a 17-play drive ended with the Vikings down 17-10 with 3:37 left of the third.

Two drives later, the Jackets hit the big score. Nielson would take a second down draw 56-yards over the middle of the field for a score in the first minute of the fourth quarter, pushing the lead to 24-10.
Beck would have a punt blocked in the ensuing drive, setting up the Jackets at the Viking 14. Hodgs hit tight end Luke Whalen (Sr., Gregory, SD) for a 10-yard score for the 31-10 edge with 10:36 left.

The Vikings fall to 1-5, 0-4 in Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) play. They host Dakota State next Saturday.