In a steady drizzle and driving wind, the Valley City State football team prevailed late in a cold, soggy Saturday matchup with Presentation College.
With both teams battling temps in the low 40's and north winds up to 30 miles per hour, Valley City State scored the final 21 points of the game in a 31-17 victory at Shelly Ellig Field.
A pair of big plays proved to be the difference in the game. Trailing 17-10 late in the third quarter, Colby Lum returned a Presentation College punt 75 yards for a touchdown, picking up a handful of great blocks along the way.
Then with 11:21 remaining in the fourth, VCSU quarterback Kurtis Walls found Demondre Boler wide open down the left side for a 59-yard touchdown to give VCSU their first lead of the game at 24-17. After a couple stops by the Viking defense, VCSU put together a 10-play, 63-yard drive that ended with a 3-yard touchdown run by Derek Elliott.
Fontayne Fuga sealed the game with an interception in the final minute deep in Viking territory. Austyn Flores had a huge day defensively with 16 tackles. Jake Thurston had 15 tackles and a sack. Fuga and Dwanye Fearon each added 12 tackles.
No. 18-ranked Valley City State improves to 4-1 on the season and 2-0 in the North Star Athletic Association. Presentation College drops to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the North Star.
Colby Lum scored twice on the day for VCSU, catching three balls for 79 yards and a score to go along with his punt return touchdown.
Elliott finished with 24 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Kurtis Walls was 14-for-29 for 293 yards and two touchdowns. Demondre Boler, making his first start of the year at wide receiver, collected four passes for 117 yards and a score.
Presentation College was led by a big day from Devin Mohn. The junior carried the ball 34 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns.