VALLEY CITY, N.D. (VCSUVikings.com)-Jalen Pfeifer had a breakout game on the season’s biggest stage Saturday. The Valley City State freshman quarterback passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as he and a dominant defense led the Vikings to a 43-13 thumping over rival University of Jamestown.
The Vikings led 29-0 at halftime and 36-0 in the third quarter as they won the 118th meeting between the two programs. Valley City State now leads the all-time series 61-52-5 and leads the Paint Bucket series 40-30.
VCSU improves to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in North Star Athletic Association plays this season, while Jamestown drops to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
It was all Vikings from the start. After VCSU’s defense forced the Jimmies into an early punt, the snap was fumbled in the end zone and the Vikings took a 2-0 lead after the safety just a minute into the game. VCSU’s ensuing drive ended in a 19-yard touchdown run by Pfeifer, as he marched the Vikings 55 yards in four plays for an 8-0 lead.
Pfeifer connected with his receivers for three more touchdowns in the first half, including strikes of 30 yards to Jake Peterson, 35 yards to Marc Wagner, and then a 26-yarder to Peterson with 30 seconds left in the half. Landon Arredondo nailed all three extra points as the Vikings led 29-0 at halftime.
The Viking defense held Jamestown to 141 yards in the first half, including just 25 rushing yards on 19 carries. For the game Jamestown picked up 296 yards, including 106 on the ground and 190 through the air. Valley City State’s offense racked up 472 total yards, including 303 passing yards and 169 rushing yards on 38 carries.
Pfeifer had a banner day at quarterback, completing 21 out of 25 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 59 rushing yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Jake Peterson hauled in seven catches for 113 yards and two scores. Wagner had two catches for 40 yards and a score. Louis Quinones rushed for 57 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Anthony Logan had 10 carries for 38 yards.
Jamestown quarterback Dylan Klatt finished the day 12-for-25 for 142 yards. Allen Jevning had 10 carries for 57 yards. Jimmy Hatch and Jordan Mann both rushed for second-half touchdowns as part of Jamestown’s 13 points.
Nicholas McBeain racked up 16 tackles to lead the Viking defense. He also completed a pass on a fake punt that extended a Viking touchdown drive in the second half. Riley Fredrickson tallied 10 tackles. Austin Erickson recovered a fumble and had a sack and five tackles. Tyler Masat posted seven tackles and Jesus Munoz had six.
Caleb Ellingson posted 14 tackles and a sack to lead the Jimmie defense.
Each team had just one turnover, both losing a fumble.
Up next: Valley City State (2-2, 1-1 NSAA) is off next weekend before resuming play Sept. 30 at Waldorf University. University of Jamestown (0-4, 0-1 NSAA) will host Waldorf University on Sept. 23.
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