Grand View Athletics
Kelsey Redmond, Sports Information Director
LAMONI – Grand View defeated Graceland, 70-0, on Saturday to move to 9-0 on the year.
The Vikings received the opening kickoff and marched down the field. Johnny Sullivan (SO/Clinton, IA) would connect with Anthony Turner (JR/Hartwell, GA) for a 45-yard touchdown to get on the board to take an early 7-0 lead. On Graceland’s opening drive Dallis Flowers (JR/Chicago, IL) would intercept a pass, his first of the day. Two plays later Jensen Gates (FR/Ankeny, IA) would rush for a 17-yard touchdown to take the lead 14-0. On Graceland’s next possession another Dallis Flowers interception would end that drive, his second interception on the day. On the very next play, Sullivan would find Turner for a 13-yard touchdown their second hookup of the afternoon to make it 21-0. Grand View would block a Graceland punt and three plays later Sullivan would find Gates for an 11-yard touchdown to make it 28-0. On the following Graceland possession, another interception this time by Ben Slavens (SR/Bettendorf, IA) would give the Vikings the ball back. Gates would take it to the house on the next play for a 36-yard touchdown pushing the lead to 35-0. After a Graceland punt, Grand View’s Gates would break a long 54-yard run to put the offense at the 3-yard line. The next play Gates would punch it in making it 42-0 after the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Jacob Berry (SO/Marion, TX) would run the ball into the endzone on a 3-yard run making the lead 49-0. After a few punts were exchanged, Ben Ferkin (JR/Waukee, IA) would score on a 1-yard quarterback draw, this would push the lead 56-0 at halftime. Early in the fourth Ferkin would score again on another 1-yard quarterback draw to push the lead to 63-0. On the next Graceland possession a second blocked punt this time by Jayce Knight (FR/Brooklyn, IA), Knight also recovered the ball in the endzone for the final Viking score of the afternoon. Grand View would go on to win 70-0.
The Grand View offense outgained the Graceland offense 439-yards to 123-yards. The Vikings ran up and down the field all afternoon rushing for 276-yards. The Grand View defense held the Yellowjackets to an impressive -5-yards rushing. Offensively, Grand View was led by Gates who rushed for 113-yards and 3 touchdowns. Sullivan was a perfect 5/5 in the air for 92-yards and 3 touchdowns. Turner caught four balls for 113-yards and two touchdowns. Gates also caught one pass for a touchdown. A slew of Vikings racked up tackles and tackles for loss today. Slavens led the way with 5 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and one interception. Flowers had two interceptions on the afternoon.
Up next the Grand View Vikings will host Peru State who is now 1-8 after upsetting William Penn this week. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 1 pm.