Oct 8th, 2011 @ 5:20 pm | Author: Viking sports admin
By: Ryan Cunningham (NewsDakota.com)
VALLEY CITY (NewsDakota.com)-Most teams are aware of Viking wide receiver Letheo Proctor's (Sr., Anchorage, AK) potential as a wide receiver.
After Saturday, many more will take notice.
Proctor caught four touchdown passes and ran in a fifth as
the Vikings scorched the Mayville State University Comets 52-20 at Jerome Berg
Field in Mayville, wrecking Comet homecoming and pushing the Vikings to 5-1
Proctor simply outran the Comet defense, catching scoring
passes of 38, 41, and two from 42 yards, grabbing balls in the middle of the
Comet secondary and then sprinting through defensive backs to the end zone for
touchdowns. In all, he caught five
passes for 149 yards.
The scoring barrage was part of the Vikings scoring 42
unanswered points en route to a 52-6 lead, before the Comets scored twice
against the second-team Viking defense.
Tommy Zinke (Jr., Rolla, ND) hit Proctor for the first
Viking touchdown of the day with 1:58 left of the first quarter, a 38-yard
strike that backed up a Thomas Cortez (Fr., Haiku, HI) 20-yard field goal,
giving the Vikings a 10-0 lead.
Mayville State's lone moment of brightness came two plays
later. The Vikings failed to recover an
onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, and Comet quarterback Jake McLain (Sr.,
Chadron, NE) hit receiver Taylor Kunkel (Soph., Grangeville, ID) on a 38-yard
strike to cut the Viking lead to 10-6.
From there, the Zinke-Proctor connection blasted the Comets
repeatedly, hooking up on two 42-yard touchdown passes in the second
quarter. Proctor would then take a
direct-snap wildcat run to finish a third scoring drive in the second, running
in from two yards out for a 31-6 Viking lead at the break.
The Comet troubles continued starting the second half, as an
option pitch from McLain to Daven Arrondondo (Fr., Calipatria, CA) was dropped,
recovered by the Vikings on the opening offensive play of the half. Three plays later, Zinke hit Ken Eliacin
(Jr., Miami, FL) from 15 yards out for a 38-6 Viking lead.
Proctor would then score for a fifth time, this time from 41
yards away, with 4:15 left of the third, and Viking running back Trevor Goerts
(RFr., Casselton, ND) would dash in from 33 yards away early in the fourth to
cap the Viking scoring. The Comets would
score twice as they finished the game against the Viking defense reserves,
settling the game at 52-20.
While the Viking passing game was stealing the show, the running
game racked up 174 yards, lead by A.J. Pfeifer's (Sr., Buffalo, ND) 17 carries
for 68 yards. Zinke finished the day
10-18 for 221 yards and five scores.
The Vikings now face Dickinson State for the second time
this season. Valley City State edged the
Bluehawks 29-27 in the second week of the year, beginning their current
five-game winning streak. A second win
could push the Vikings into the critical top-16 of the national rankings. Gametime is at 1:00 p.m. at Shelly Ellig Field and Lokken Stadium Saturday.