The Viking football team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday, dropping a non-conference road game at Dickinson State, 38-13.
VCSU scored early on a Jacob Duilio touchdown run to go up 6-0 in the first quarter, but the Blue Hawks would score the next 31 points – including two touchdowns in the first 1:15 of the second half – as they built a commanding lead en route to the 38-13 victory.
Valley City State drops to 1-1 on the season. Dickinson State improves to 1-1.
Dickinson led 17-6 at halftime, and then broke the game open early in the third quarter. The Blue Hawks need just three plays to score a touchdown after receiving the second-half kickoff. On VCSU's first play of the ensuing drive, Tommy Sease picked off Viking quarterback Kurtis Walls and returned it to the Viking 5-yard line, setting up a Trey Boone touchdown run and a 31-6 lead.
Duilio finished with 27 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown to lead VCSU's rushing offense. Quarterback Kurtis Walls finished with 205 yards passing, going 20-for-36 with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Walls hit Jake Peterson for a 13-yard touchdown with 1:03 left in the third quarter, cutting the Blue Hawk lead to 31-13. Dickinson answered on the next drive to go up 38-13, and the Vikings could not score the rest of the way.
Peterson finished with four catches for 41 yards and a TD. Colby Lum had three catches for 80 yards, and Duilio finished with six catches for 33 yards. The Vikings committed three turnovers in the game, while Dickinson turned it over twice. Walls was sacked five times, while the Vikings were only able to muster one sack.
Dickinson quarterback Kaler Ray had a big game, going 12-or-18 for 219 yards and two scores – including a 67-yard touchdown to Chase Anderson that put Dickinson up 14-6 early in the second quarter. The Blue Hawks also gained 233 yards on the ground for a total of 452 offensive yards.
VCSU had 102 on the ground and 205 through the air for a total of 307 yards.
Nicholas McBeain led the Vikings defense with 19 tackles and one tackle for loss. AJ Potter had 10 tackles and Andre Peppers added seven tackles.
Up next: Valley City State is back home Saturday, Sept. 10, as the Vikings host Hastings College for a 1 p.m. non-conference game.