Viking Football Beats Baker, Claims Fourth-Straight HAAC Title

Posted November 15, 2014

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Marshall, Mo. (November 15, 2014)- The No. 7 Missouri Valley College football team wrapped up its 2014 regular season with a trip to Baldwin City, Kan., to play No. 12 Baker (Kan.) University.  The Vikings scored a last-minute field goal to beat Baker 27-24 and in the process win the program’s fourth-straight Heart of America Athletic Conference title and increase its chances of receiving a bid into the NAIA Football Championship Series.

 

The Vikings got out and scored on the second play of the game, but it was the MVC defense that made the big play.  Baker’s second play from scrimmage ended when Senior Defensive Lineman Ty Phillips (East St. Louis, Ill.) intercepted a pass at the Baker three-yard line, and ran it back for a touchdown.  It was the first touchdown for Phillips as a Viking and Senior Kicker Daniel Mouro’s (Hilmar, Calif.) extra-point made the score 7-0 less than one minute into the game. 

 

Missouri Valley forced Baker to punt on its next possession, but the punt was muffed and recovered by the Wildcats at the Viking 43-yard line.  Baker took advantage of the opportunity and drove to the MVC six.  However, the Vikings came up with another interception, this time by Sophomore Linebacker Ricky Williams (Florida City, Fla.) and he returned the pick 94-yards for a touchdown, giving MVC a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter.  This was the second interception returned for a touchdown by Williams this season.

 

After two turnovers on its first two possessions, Baker put together a long scoring drive to climb back into the game.  The Wildcats went 75-yards in 10 plays and capped it off with a touchdown pass to cut the deficit in half at 14-7.  The Wildcats then came up with a defensive play of its own, intercepting a Senior Quarterback Bruce Reyes (Beaumont, Texas) pass on MVC’s first play to take the ball at midfield.

 

The Viking defense forced a punt, but MVC had to punt also on its next possession.   Baker returned the kick to the Viking 27-yard line, but the Wildcats failed to score after starting in MVC territory, missing a 47-yard field goal, keeping the score 14-7 late in the first quarter.

 

Missouri Valley put together its best offensive drive following the missed field goal, moving the ball to the Baker 30-yard line after 10 plays.  However, a 47-yard field goal from Mouro also missed, keeping the score 14-7 in favor of the Vikings early in the second quarter.

 

Baker was able to score on its next possession, going 70 yards in eight plays.  Baker had two chances from the one-yard line, and scored a rushing touchdown with nine minutes to play in the first half to tie the score at 14-14.

 

The Viking offense started its next drive at its own 24-yard line, and ran off a 15-play 76-yard drive that included converting all four third-down attempts.  Reyes was six of seven on the drive and Sophomore Running Back Malachi Daniels (Branson, Mo.) ran for 36 yards, including a one-yard touchdown that put Missouri Valley back in front 21-14 with two minutes remaining before halftime.  Baker was able to move the ball to midfield, but time ran out in the half as the Vikings went into the break leading 21-14.

 

Missouri Valley received the kickoff to open the second half and looked to set up another scoring drive.  The Vikings took over six minutes off the clock, but had to settle for a Mouro 32-yard field goal.  His attempt sailed wide-left, ending the Viking scoring threat and keeping the score 21-14 with just under nine minutes to play in the third quarter.

 

Baker was able to move its next possession to near midfield, but the Viking special teams made a big play.  The Vikings partially blocked a Baker punt, resulting in a five-yard punt, giving MVC the ball at the Baker 47-yard line.  Missouri Valley was able to get points off this drive, as Mouro hit a 40-yard field goal with three minutes to play in the third quarter to extend the Viking lead to 24-14.

 

The third quarter came to an end with Baker driving down on the Viking defense.  Baker reached the 16-yard line, but MVC forced Baker into a field goal attempt.  The attempt was good, making MVC’s lead 24-17 early in the fourth quarter.  However, the Wildcats stopped the Vikings on their ensuing possession and drove 72 yards on the Viking defense, finishing off a 12-play drive with an 18-yard touchdown pass-play to tie the game at 24-24 with just over six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

 

Missouri Valley’s next possession ended in a three-and-out, giving Baker the ball with nearly four minutes to play.  Baker was set up at its own 26-yard line with just under two minutes to play in the game, when Phillips sacked the Baker quarterback and forced a fumble.  The fumble was recovered by Sophomore Linebacker Dario Marquez (Miami, Fla.), and gave MVC the ball at the Baker 24-yard line.  The Vikings picked up eight yards on the next three plays and Mouro hit a 33-yard field goal to give MVC the late lead at 27-24.

 

Baker had one last possession, but Phillips got a sack on first down, then forced a fumble on a third down play, which was recovered by the Vikings as time expired in the game.  Missouri Valley held on for the 27-24 win.

 

Leading the game for MVC was Reyes who was 17 of 22 passing for 107 yards and one interception.  Daniels had his second 100-yard rushing game of the season with 102 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown.  Senior Wide Receiver Jarrell Davis (Merced, Calif.) led in receiving with nine catches for 45 yards.

 

Defensively, Senior Defensive Back Michael Barnes (Beaumont, Texas) had 10 tackles while Marquez finished with nine tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery.  Phillips had eight tackles, three sacks, four tackles for loss, two forced fumble and an interception returned for a touchdown.  Williams had eight tackles and another touchdown return while Freshman Linebacker Jacob King (Blue Springs, Mo.) had one sack.

 

On special teams, Mouro was two for four on field goal attempts, but made all three of his extra points.  Senior Punter Jason Mayden (Carrollton, Mo.) had three punts for an average of 43.3 yards while Freshman Defensive Back Terrance Hollins-White (St. Louis, Mo.) had 67 return yards.

 

The loss drops Baker to 8-3 overall and 6-3 in the HAAC.  The win moves MVC to 8-2 overall and 8-1 in HAAC play.  The win gives the Viking football team its fourth-straight conference championship, sharing the title with No. 11 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) University.  This is the second time in program history the Viking football program has won four-straight HAAC championships.  The Vikings won five-straight titles from 1974-1978.  The Vikings will now await the NAIA Football Championship Series Selection Show to find out their place in the postseason.  MVC will learn its opponent, game location and game time for its postseason game Sunday at 5 p.m.  The first round of the NAIA FCS will be Saturday Nov. 22.

 

To view Sunday’s NAIA FCS Selection Show, go to www.naia.org.

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About Missouri Valley College

Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 40 academic programs, study abroad program, honors program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, and some new majors are ag-business, nursing, graphic design, and health information systems (associate degree). Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu



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