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Football - Sat, Sep. 2, 2017
(2)Baker University
(9)Grand View

Des Moines, Iowa – In the battle between Heart divisional favorites, the No. 9 Grand View Vikings were unable to complete their comeback against the Baker Wildcats as they fell to the No. 2 team in NAIA 48-41. The Vikings fell to 1-1, while the Wildcats improved to 2-0.

The Grand View defense displayed a bend-but-not-break mentality as it refused to allow the Baker offense into the end zone in the first quarter. The Wildcats were able to march down the field in its first two possessions of the game but were stymied by the Vikings both times inside the red zone. The first denial came with an impressive pass break-up from defensive back, Jeremy Johnson (JR/Iowa City, IA / City High HS), to force a field goal attempt. Both drives resulted in made field goals for Baker, giving them a 6-0 lead.

The Viking offense recorded their own scoring drive in the latter portions of the first quarter. After hitting a bevy of receivers to move the chains, quarterback Jordan Knock (SR/Gilbert, IA / Gilbert HS) connected with Jake Grau (SR/Urbandale, IA / Urbandale HS) for the touchdown. Excellent blocking from the Viking offensive line off the play action to the right side of the field, provided Knock time to loft a pass to his tight end in the opposite corner of the end zone giving Grand View a 7-6 lead going into the second quarter.

Baker retook the lead in the second period, scoring two unanswered touchdowns in less than two minutes of elapsed game time. The Vikings refused to go away as Knock once again led the offense down the field. Knock shook off a would-be tackler and wide out Gabe Richey (SO/Panora, IA / Panorama HS) displayed some fancy footwork to extend the Grand View drive. The quarterback returned to old reliable, Alex Brammer (SR/Ames, IA / Ames HS), who rose above the Wildcat defender to pluck the ball away and bring the Vikings within seven points of the Wildcats. Grand View would go into the locker room trailing the No. 2 team 13-20.

Baker would reach its largest lead of the game early in the third quarter at 27-13. The Viking faithful received a scare as Knock experienced an injury while scrambling from the pocket midway through the third period. With their starting quarterback on the bench, the Vikings offense slowed. Knock returned to the field two possessions later. Hampered slightly by the injury, the senior quarterback was able to extend plays with his feet and hit his receivers at the rights times. Marshall Clark (SR/Ankeny, IA / Centennial HS) came up with multiple giant receptions to keep the Grand View offense on the field. Knock once again found his tight end Grau for his second receiving touchdown of the day and making the score 27-20 in favor of the Wildcats.

After a tremendous defensive stop, Grand View was given excellent field position following a solid punt return from Josh Carrera (SR/South Grand Prairie, TX) and subsequent penalty on Baker. Carrera made the Wildcats further pay for the infraction as he hauled in a Knock pass on a crossing pattern in the back of the end zone. The Vikings would miss the extra point and now trailed 26-27.

The Wildcats answered on the following possession by driving 70 yards to score their fourth touchdown of the day and take a 34-26 point lead. The Vikings were unfazed as they once again marched down the field. Facing a fourth and nine inside their own red zone, Knock threw a jump ball to his receiver on the back stripe of the end zone. Unfortunately for Baker, this receiver was Brammer. He elevated over two Wildcat defensive backs to come down with the football. The Vikings evened the score at 34 a piece with a successful two-point conversion pass from Knock to Richey.

The Viking defense once again slammed the brakes on a Wildcat drive featuring an excellent pass breakup by linebacker Russell Jones (JR/Waterloo, IA / East High / IWC) to force a punt. Grand View drove the length of the field but was unable to punch the ball into the end zone. Baker running back, J.D. Woods, took the ball from end to end 97 yards on their first and only play of the drive to once again take the lead. The Vikings, however, tied it up with a hard fought drive that resulted in Jerry Lowe (SO/Tama, IA / South Tama HS) going untouched into the promise land.

With a tied score of 41-41, the Baker quarterback heaved a pass down the middle of the field in the vicinity of two receivers. The ball was bobbled by the first receiver and snatched out of the air by the second. This gave the Wildcats a seven point advantage. Grand View would have one more shot to force overtime or win in regulation, but the Baker defense held strong, giving them the 48-41 win.

Keys of the Game…

After getting injured early in the third quarter, senior quarterback Knock returned to lead the offense 81 yards on 11 plays to return momentum to the Vikings.

Both offenses were able to move the ball effectively as the Wildcats and Vikings earned 648 yards and 598 yards, respectively. Grand View committed the only two turnovers of the day.

The Vikings relied heavily on moving the ball through the air, as they accumulated 527 yards on 63 passing attempts and 91 yards on 32 rushing attempts.

Grand View received plenty of help from their opponents throughout the day as Baker committed 13 penalties for a total of 130 yards.

Players of Note...

Jordan Knock was 32-63 passing for 527 yards and five touchdowns. He left due to an injury in the third quarter, but upon returning to the field, led the offense to a touchdown.

The receiving corps production was balanced. Gabe Richey (114), Marshall Clark (128), and Josh Carrera (114) all eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark. Meanwhile, Alex Brammer and Jake Grau both caught two touchdown passes each.

Jake Shoultz (SR/Muscatine, IA / IWCC) recorded 15 total tackles with two of them coming at a loss.

Up Next…

The Vikings will take on the Eagles of Central Methodist University next Saturday, September 9th at 1:00 p.m. in Fayette, Missouri. Check back with for a complete recap and follow the Vikings on social media (@VikingAthletics) for in-game updates.

Overall HAAC Streak
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