JAMESTOWN (NewsDakota.com)- The Vikings ran off 21 straight points in the second quarter to take control of their 31-14 win over the Jimmies in the 111th meeting between the historic rivals.
Valley City St. struck early with a four play drive, following the opening kickoff, capped off by a 21-yard touchdown pass from freshman QB Kurtis Walls to Colby Lum.
The teams traded turnovers in the first quarter with both coming inside the others 20-yard line. It was the first of four Beau Eriksson turnovers for the Jimmies, three of which were fumbles.
University of Jamestown got on the scoreboard with the first play in the second quarter on a nine-yard touchdown run from Steven Nelms. After that touchdown, the second stanza belonged to the Vikings as they ran up the next 21 points before halftime.
Derek Elliot, the NSAA preseason player of the year, scored his first touchdown of the season and that was followed up by another pass from Walls and run from Ian Keller. Elliot left the game in the second quarter and did not return.
Valley City took a 28-7 lead into the break. The Jimmies scored late in the third on a touchdown pass from Eriksson to Casey Glenn, but that would be as close as they got.
Thomas Cortez booted a field goal to add the final margin 31-14.
The Jimmies fall to 0-2 on the season and will head to Concorida next Saturday for a 1pm kickoff. The Vikings will play their second game of the season at Morningside next week.
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