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All-American defensive end Ty Phillips hopes to lead the Vikings to victory on the hallowed turf of Arrowhead Stadium, Oct. 11 against MidAmerica Nazarene.
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The Missouri Valley College football team has been selected as one of the participants in the inaugural NAIA Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

The Vikings, ranked seventh in the NAIA pre-season poll, will take on MidAmerica Nazarene in a Heart of America Conference clash Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. That will be the first game of a doubleheader, with league foes Baker and Benedictine set to play in the nightcap.

"This is a great opportunity for our players and everyone involved with the program," said MVC head coach Paul Troth. "We are very excited."

Tickets are available through the school's Alumni Relations Office at 660-831-4006. The price is $18 for general admission and $8 for students presenting valid identification upon entering the stadium. On game day tickets will be $20 for general admission and $10 for students.

"We would like to thank the Chiefs organization, the NAIA, the HAAC and everyone else involved in getting this event started," remarked Athletic Director Tom Fifer. "This will be a great event for everyone involved and bring some nice exposure to the conference and to Missouri Valley."

The Vikings open the season Sept. 13 at home against Tabor (Kan.), the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference runner up.

Meanwhile, recent Valley grad Tyler Davis recently joined former teammate Mike Hall on the Munich Cowboys of the German Football League.

The son of former Oakland Raiders halfback Clarence Davis, the University City product was a four-time all-conference first team cornerback and return specialist for the Vikings, named as the league's "defensive player of the year" during the undefeated championship run in 2012 -- in which he was also selected to the AFCA All-American squad.

During his career, Davis had 138 tackles, 19 interceptions and four touchdown returns. In his two games for Munich (3-3) this season, he has two picks, returned three punts for 69 yards and caught a 34-yard pass as a wide receiver.

"This is a great opportunity for Tyler and everyone involved with the football program is excited for his chance to continue playing at the professional level," Troth said.

"The game is still the same," Davis noted of the European experience. "Football is football, but the speed is different.

"I didn't have a punt or kick sent my way in my first game, almost like opponents knew not to," he joked.

Hall is a linebacker for the Cowboys while 2011 Valley grad Garren Holley serves as defensive coordinator.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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