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Football - Tue, Sep. 12, 2017

Kansas City, Mo – Amidst a plethora of shuffling, the Grand View University Viking football team stayed at the #9 spot in the latest NAIA rankings.

The Vikings, who are 2-1 overall, have played all three of their games against Southern Division opponents from the Heart of America Conference. In its first three weeks of action, Grand View decidedly defeated the Evangel Crusaders and Central Methodist Eagles in Weeks 1 and 3 respectively. They suffered a close, hard-fought loss to the #2 Baker Wildcats in Week 2.

The offense has been led by quarterback Jordan Knock (SR/Gilbert, IA / Gilbert HS). The senior play-caller ranks #2 nationally in total passing at 1,047 yards and #4 at 349 passing yards/game. Against Central Methodist, Knock surpassed 4,000 career passing yards while only stepping into the starting role last season. Another bright spot for the Vikings has been senior wide receiver, Alex Brammer (SR/Ames, IA / Ames HS). The Ames product ranks in the top 10 in total receiving yards as well as total scoring.

The defense has been led by senior Jake Shoultz (SR/Muscatine, IA / IWCC). The linebacker is ranked #2 nationally in interceptions. He recorded both interceptions last week against Central Methodist. He returned one interception for a touchdown and would have returned the other as well if not for an illegal blocking penalty against the Vikings. Shoultz also leads the team with 26 tackles.

Saint Francis (Ind.) was a unanimous pick at the top spot, which it has now held for the last two polls. Other Heart of America teams that made the Top 25 Poll were: Baker (2), Benedictine (T16), MidAmerica Nazarene (19) and Missouri Valley (RV). The full rankings can be seen below.

The Vikings return to the field on Saturday, September 16th against the Avila University Eagles in Kansas City, Missouri at 1:00 pm. Check back with for a complete recap and follow the Vikings on social media (@VikingAthletics) for in-game updates.


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