Oct 16th, 2010 @ 4:33 pm | Author: Viking sports admin
Vikings Rout Trojans for First DAC Win

By Ryan Cunningham NewsDakota.com

October 16

Valley City--Five weeks of mounting frustration rode the backs of the Vikings entering play Saturday.

The frustrations were taken out on Dakota State.

Valley City State exploded for the first 26 points of the game and 54 total in a 54-10 rout of Dakota State Saturday at Lokken Field in Valley City.

It was the final game at home for the Vikings in 2010, the final game on the grass at Lokken Field ever, and the final Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) contest in Valley City State's history. The Vikings bring turf to independent status in 2011.

It was also the final home game for a handful of seniors, and they did not disappoint.

Quarterback Trent Kosel (Sr., Edgeley, ND) threw six touchdown passes in his best day as a Viking, hitting Nick Schoenecker (Fr., Watkins, MN) three times for scores.

Andy Derilus (Sr., Miami, FL) ran for a score, and Tim Ziemba (Sr., Valley City, ND) who spent four years in the program without seeing the field, caught his first scoring pass in the fourth quarter.

Linebacker Kevin Strang (Sr., Sauk Rapids, MN), already the all-time tackle leader in Viking history, had a brilliant game, adding to the mark.

The Vikings scored on their opening drive, when Kosel hit Schoenecker for a five yard strike at 8:47 left of the first quarter. The Viking defense would then force fumbles on back-to-back Trojan drives, halting the top DAC passer in quarterback Paul Bagala (So., Poulsbo, WA).

Valley City State would capitalize on the second turnover. After setting up at the Trojan 19, Kosel found Jordan Backstrom (Jr., Maddock, ND) for a 20 yard connection with just under five minutes left for a 13-0 Viking lead.

After another score for Schoenecker, Derek Elliot (So., Valley City, ND) would rip off the play of the day, taking an option pitch for 38 yards to the house, breaking tackles on three occasions, running the Viking lead to 26-0. They led 26-7 at the break.

Another Trojan fumble gave the Vikings their second possession of the second half at Dakota State's 10 yard line. After a holding penalty threatened the situation, Kosel ripped a ball over the middle to Ken Eliacin (So., Miami, FL) for a 15 yard strike, taking the lead to 33-7 early in the third.

Schoenecker would haul in his third scoring catch, and Kosel's fifth scoring throw, with 4:18 left of the third, and Derilus would run in from three yards out with 2:48 left after Cody Kilthau (Jr., Mililani, HI) blocked a Trojan punt at their eight yard line.

The most special moment came with 13:14 left of the game. With the Vikings comfortably ahead, Derilus ran four straight times for a pair of first downs, and Backstrom sprinted 14 yards to the Trojan 11.

On second down, Kosel rolled away from pressure and found Ziemba for his first scoring catch of his career from nine yards away, which capped the Viking scoring, giving them a 54-7 lead.

Dennis Lechner (Fr., Queen Creek, AZ) hit a 47 yard field goal with 8:07 left to cut the Viking lead to 54-10, the final margin.

The Vikings are now 2-5, 1-4 in DAC play. They travel to Mayville State next Saturday afternoon.