It’s all over. The mighty Missouri Valley Vikings triumphed 26-21 over long-time conference rival MidAmerica Nazarene Saturday evening in a defensive battle.
The Vikings’ defense once again stepped to regulate the airways against the Pioneers’ offensive unit, taking away 3 passes from MidAmerica back-up quarterback Tyler Herl, who replaced Sean Ransburg after he suffered an injury against Central Methodist University last week. Two interceptions came from defending HAAC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week sophomore Tyler Davis, giving him 4 interceptions just two games into the season, and a late interception from Dwayne Williams sealed the Vikings victory.
The Vikings picked up most of their yardage on the ground headed by the dual running back tandem of Keith O’Neal andNijel Daw, with the Vikings gaining 275 of the total 303 yards rushing. Lorenzo Dennard, quarterback for the Vikings, struggled in passing the ball, only completing three of 12 attempts, one resulting in an interception, but did help the Vikings pick up key first downs running the ball.
Valley gained a few first downs after receiving the late turnover by MNU and was able to run out the game clock but not before anxious MVC students and players rushed the field to celebrate the emotional win. This was a key win for the Vikings as they hope to stay atop the conference this season after they missed postseason action last season even after finishing with an 8-2 record.
Missouri Valley will be on the road this week as they travel to Kansas City, to take on the Avila Eagles with kickoff set for 1 p.m. MNU has a bye week before hosting Avila the following week at 6 p.m.