DICKINSON, N.D. – Dickinson State hosted Valley City State in a non-conference matchup on Saturday (Sept. 20). The Vikings were able to come away with the victory, 33-21. The Blue Hawks are now 1-3 on the season and Valley City is 3-1.
Dickinson State opened the scoring in the first quarter on a 40-yard drive that was capped by a Myren Moore rushing touchdown. Both defenses then held the offenses quiet, as the first ended with a 7-0 Dickinson State advantage.
Valley City State found their way on to the scoreboard in the second quarter, just 1:51 into play. Ian Keller found the end zone on a one-yard rush to even the score after a Thomas Cortes extra point. Kurtis Walls then found Jake Miller on a two-yard pass with just 22 seconds left in the first half to go up 14-7.
In the third quarter Walls found Antoine Griffin on a 14-yard screen to go up 20-7. Cortes' extra point attempt was blocked by Robert Nalewaja.
Dickinson State found the end zone again with 1:29 remaining in the third quarter. The Blue Hawks drove 98 yards, including a 30-yard rush by Moore. Moore would cap the drive with a two-yard carry. Josh Borm added his second point after touchdown to cut the deficit to 20-14.
Walls again found Griffin on a 15-yard strike with 6:31 remaining in the fourth quarter to put the Vikings up 26-14, after an interception gave the Vikings possession. On the two-point conversion Walls pass to Miller was incomplete.
On the ensuing drive, Dickinson State quarterback Kaler Ray found wide receiver JT Keith on a 33-yard pass. Keith went up and over a pair of defenders to reel in the catch and cut the deficit to five, at 26-21.
Valley City punched the ball in one more time with 1:31 remaining to seal the game. Walls found Griffin on their third touchdown connection, putting the Vikings up 33-21.
Keller ran for 90 yards on 28 carries. He had one touchdown. Walls finished 13-of-25, with 126 yards and four touchdowns. Griffin brought in six receptions, three for touchdowns. Miller had two catches and a touchdown.
Moore led the Blue Hawks with 19 carries and 95 yards. He picked up two touchdowns. The Blue Hawks rushed for 226 yards on the day. Ray finished 15-of-30 with 134 yards and one touchdown. Keith brought in five receptions, one for a touchdown. Austin Brown caught four passes for 33 yards. Dalton Reid had three receptions. Josh Perry-Kruse, Jesse Carney, and Moore each had a reception. On defense, Alex Huitzil recorded six solo tackles and 10 assists. Michael Hernandez notched 11 assists. Nalewaja had one extra point block. Dickinson State finished with a total of 341 offensive yards.
Dickinson State will be back in action on Saturday (Sept. 27) as they travel to Mayville State. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.