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Football - Sat, Sep. 16, 2017
(9)Grand View
Avila University

Kansas City, Missouri – The Grand View Vikings traveled to Kansas City and defeated the Avila Eagles 69-7. For the second straight week, the Vikings first-stringers took charge of the game and generated a giant lead by the end of the first half leading the home team 49-0. Grand View improved to 3-1 on the year and Avila dropped to 1-3.

Grand View came out of the locker room working on all cylinders. The first possession for the Viking offense featured a methodical trip downfield of 81-yards. It took them 10 plays to reach the end zone. The Vikings saw solid runs from both Travien Smith (SR/Mckinney, TX / North HS) and Jerry Lowe (SO/Tama, IA / South Tama HS), but it was quarterback Jordan Knock (SR/Gilbert, IA / Gilbert HS) that carried the ball into the pay dirt to take a 7-0 lead.

After having an empty possession, the Grand View offense would not be kept from finding the end zone for the rest of the first half. Knock would lead the Vikings to the promised land through the air. The senior quarterback would accumulate six passing touchdowns on the day. Knock spread the wealth to a bevy of receivers, tight ends, and running backs. He connected with Smith, Landon Peed (JR/Fort Dodge, IA / St. Edmonds ), Gabe Richey (SO/Panora, IA / Panorama HS), Jake Grau (SR/Urbandale, IA / Urbandale HS), and Alex Brammer (SR/Ames, IA / Ames HS) twice to complete his day after the first half. The offense gained a total of 455 yards.

The other half of the problem that the Eagles faced was a stingy Viking defense. In the first quarter, the Vikings only allowed 14 net yards, and five of those yards came on a defensive penalty. For the first half, the Grand View defense would allow a total of 72 yards. They added a forced fumble by defensive tackle Brandon McCracken (JR/Parkersburg, IA / A-P HS) that was recovered by linebacker Ben Slavens (SO/Bettendorf, IA / Pleasant Vall), an interception by defensive back Jevon Willis (SR/St. Peters, MO / Fort Zumwalt ), and a turnover on downs.

This excellent play by the Vikings on both sides of the ball propelled the team to a 49-0 halftime lead.

For the second straight week, a dominating first-half performance led to the starters sitting out for a majority, if not all, of the second half. It was much of the same from new Vikings that entered the game. Avila scored the only touchdown of the third quarter to make the game 49-7.

The fourth quarter was once again controlled by the Vikings. It was J.T. Brown (SO/Des Moines, IA / Dowling Catho) that served as the signal caller for Grand View as they continued to put points on the board. Brown connected with tight ends Steve Sarcone (SO/Des Moines, IA / Dowling Catho) for his first and Peed for his second touchdown of the day. The final score of the day was awarded to quarterback Alex Bush (JR/Manson, IA / N.W. Webster HS) who scampered into the end zone late in the fourth quarter.   

Keys of the Game…

The Vikings outgained the Eagles 455 yards to 72 yards in the first half of play while both teams had their starters in. Grand View and Avila finished the game with 649 and 213 total yards respectively.

The first-string Viking offense was extremely crisp in the first half. Grand View scored touchdowns on seven of its eight possessions. Knock contributed to every score with passing six touchdowns and rushing one in as well.

The first-string Viking defense was as impressive as the offense. Grand View held Avila to mere 14 net yards in the first quarter. Five of those yards came on a defensive penalty. The defensive unit forced three 3-and-outs in the first half, while also creating turnovers to hold Avila scoreless.

If there was one area of improvement for the Vikings, it would be taking care of the ball. Grand View fumbled the ball on four different occasions. Only two of them would be recovered by the Eagles. Three of the fumbles were forced by senior safety Yves Nguessan.

Players of Note...

Jordan Knock was 16-25 for 328 yards and six touchdowns. He also ran in for a touchdown. Knock accounted for all of the Viking touchdowns in the first half. For a second straight week, all of the senior's stats were earned in the first and second quarters of play. Knock now has 16 touchdown passes on the year in addition to three rushing scores.

Alex Brammer caught five passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. This is the third game this year that the senior has nabbed two scoring receptions. He now has seven receiving touchdowns on the season.

The Vikings used a balanced running attack against the Eagles. Travien Smith, Jett Kettwick (JR/Clarinda, IA / IWCC), and Devon Pressley (FR/Farmington Hills, MI / Harriso) each carried the ball at least 10 times. They ran for 67, 38, and 33 yards respectively.

Defensive back Kemaad Jones (JR/Wharton, TX / Wharton HS) had a big day for the Viking defense. He accounted for 6 total tackles for Grand View and also snagged an interception in the third quarter. Another defensive standout for the Vikings was Ben Slavens who garnered 6 tackles of his own, which included 1.5 tackles for loss. Slavens also recovered a fumble on the day.

Up Next…

Grand View will take on the Vikings of Missouri Valley College (RV) next Saturday, September 23rd at 12:00 p.m. at Duke Williams Stadium in Des Moines. This will be Grand View's 2017 Homecoming celebration. The homecoming schedule can be viewed here. Check back with for a complete recap and follow the Vikings on social media (@VikingAthletics) for in-game updates.

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