Photo: Viking Malachi Daniels carries the ball. (Photo by Cecylee Lewis)
Story by DelMeko Jordan
The No.6 Missouri alley College football team played No. 9 Baker University at Gregg-Mitchell Field on Saturday, Oct. 26. The rivals fought hard until Baker won the game in overtime, 13-10.
There was an offensive struggle through the first half for both teams with 10 punts and only one drive for 40 yards in the first half total. The Wildcats took the first lead when the capped off a 72-yard drive with a touchdown in the first quarter to lead 7-0.
The Vikings defense was looking good when middle linebacker Danny Reyes caught an interception. However, he was stripped and the Wildcats came up with the ball on their 10-yard line, ending the Vikings’ chance from scoring.
Before the first half ended, the Vikings tried to put up a scoring drive with quarterback Bruce Reyes throwing the ball to wide reciever Darrian Turk for a 54-yard gain. However, the Vikings settled for the possibility of a field goal by kicker Lucas Guilfoil, but his attempt was wide right and MVC went into halftime trailing 7-0.
The third quarter started just like the first half with punts and struggle by both of the offense. The Vikings eventually put up a scoring drive until they were stopped by the Wildcats defense. Then the Vikings had to settled for a 35-yard field goal by Lucas Guilfoil to make the score 7-3 with just seconds remaining in the third quarter.
MVC forced Baker to punt, and the special teams made a big play. Danny Reyes blocked a Baker punt, which was recovered by tight end Zach Thomas and the Vikings took over on the Baker 28-yard line. Eventually, the Vikings scored on a six-yard run by Malachi Daniels to lead the game 10-7.
Nevertheless, Baker answered right back, with the Wildcats driving and stalling to kick a 59-yard field attempt. His attempt cleared the uprights and tied the game at 10-10 with just under 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
With two defense stops with just a couple of minutes left in the game, both teams were forced to go into overtime at 10-10.
The Vikings received the first possession of the first overtime period. The Vikings were putting up a drive, but were penalized for a chop block in a tough spot to score. Going for it on fourth down with 18 yards to get a first down, Reyes was intercepted, ending MVC’s overtime possession and setting up Baker with a chance to win the game with a field goal.
Baker faced a third and seven but lost the snap. The 52-yard kick cleared the crossing bars, giving the Wildcats the lead, 13-10.
The loss snaps an 18-game win streak for MVC in Heart of America Athletic Conference games dating back to Oct. 15, 2011 when MVC lost to Benedictine 35-19
MVC drops to 5-2 overall and 5-1 in HAAC play while Baker improves to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in conference action. MVC, Baker and Peru State College are tied for second in the HAAC with 5-1 records behind 6-0 Benedictine College.
The Vikings travel to play No. 12 Peru State on Nov. 2. Because of construction at Peru State’s Oak Bowl, the game will be held at Nebraska City High School. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.