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Vikings pound out 48-14 win

Monday, October 3, 2011

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Senior Gary Taylor celebrates at the end of his 44-yard touchdown catch which gave the Vikings a 35-7 second-quarter lead at Culver-Stockton.
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CANTON -- The Missouri Valley College football team logged a workmanlike 48-14 Heart of America Conference victory Saturday at Culver-Stockton.

The sixth-ranked Vikings broke an early tie with six straight touchdowns, limiting the home team to 122 net yards on offense. Both of the Wildcats' touchdowns came off turnovers which gave them possession in Valley territory.

A 33-yard run by freshman Nijel Daw set up junior LaNorris' Dukes' 6-yard blast into the end zone for the Vikings' first score four minutes into the game.

However, freshman Andy Smith picked off a pass -- the first interception of the season for MVC freshman Bruce Reyes -- to give Culver-Stockton the ball at the Valley 43-yard line. A major penalty against the Vikings preceded junior Trayan Nash's 24-yard touchdown run.

The 'Cats were only tied for 19 seconds, sophomore Keith O'Neal breaking off a 61-yard run for the first of four straight Valley scores before the end of the half.

Junior Tripp Thomas recovered a fumble at the Culver 18, Daw ran for 17 yards on two plays and Reyes sneaked over the goal line from a yard out. Reyes passed 12 yards to junior Chris Owens and scrambled for 11 yards before Dukes' 1-yard TD plunge ended the first period.

Reyes connected with senior Gary Taylor on a 44-yard scoring strike and Dukes capped an 8-play, 51-yard drive begun by senior Sam Jackson's fumble recovery -- and included a 27-yard reception by sophomore Travis Thornton -- with his third touchdown of the half on a 1-yard run.

Senior Chester Woolen's sack knocked the ball loose from Culver senior quarterback Jacob Harnake, with senior Chester Woolen covering it, in the first minute of the second half. Junior Daniel Gray hauled in Reyes' 23-yard pass for a 48-7 Viking lead.

Junior Taylor Beasley took over at quarterback for Valley during the middle of the third period and was intercepted twice, the first one by senior Nick Still. It took the 'Cats 11 plays to cover 47 yards, Harnake completing four passes before junior Zach Conley dove in from the 1.

Culver (1-4, 1-4 HAAC) controlled the ball for 12 of 15 minutes during the fourth quarter, but was unable to get into the Vikings' red zone.

Valley's defense held the Wildcats to 122 total yards of offense and had seven sacks, two by senior all-American Richard Wick. The Vikings (5-0, 4-0) gained 402 total yards, Reyes completing 10 of 16 pass attempts for 161 yards.

Valley has an open date this week then goes on the road for its fourth game of the season against a ranked foe Oct. 15, when it takes on No. 12 Benedictine.


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