DES MOINES, Iowa - It didn't take long for the 2013 version of the Grand View (Iowa) Vikings to make a statement. On the second play from scrimmage, sophomore quarterback Derek Fulton found Brady Roland down the right sideline for a 70 yard touchdown. It wouldn't be the last time Roland made a big play for the Vikings.
After a Drake (Iowa) field goal, Grand View struck again early in the second quarter. Dorian Ballentine came in at quarterback with the Vikings driving and found John Gifford in the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown to give GVU a 14-3 lead over their cross-town rivals.
The lead would hold into halftime and the Bulldogs answered in the third quarter with an eight play, 71-yard drive that was capped off by a two-yard dive by Gary Scott to make the score 14-10.
Sophomore wide receiver Jacob Stacy scampered 34 yards after catching a pass over the middle on third down to set up a one-yard dive by Charles Badgett to push the lead to 21-10 in favor of the Vikings.
Just over a minute later with the second ticking down in the third quarter, Drake quarterback Andy Rice found Michael Hudson for a 24-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 21-16. Grand View was able to stop the two-point conversion attempt and the Vikings went into the fourth quarter with the lead.
With the tension growing, Roland made two more huge plays for the Vikings. Fulton once again found his main target open on the right sideline and Roland made a fantastic catch in coverage to set up an eventual field goal try by Ben Hurley that would push the lead to eight if converted. The 20 yard attempt was blocked by Dustin Davis, who picked up the ball and raced down the left sideline when Roland, the placeholder, caught him and took him down. The play saved a certain touchdown that would've given Drake the lead.
Aside from his touchdown saving tackle, Roland caught 12 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown.
Two plays later, Rice's pass was tipped at the line and Zach Hollier out-jumped a cast of Bulldogs to come down with the interception. The defense was able to hold the lead as the clock ticked away and Grand View picked up its first ever win over Drake, a NCAA Division I athletic program.
Fulton completed 26 of 40 passes for 291 yards and a score while Ballentine completed both his attempts for one touchdown while rushing for 23 yards in seven carries.
Joe Musselman led the Vikings in tackles with 10 while Kenny Jones and Zach Hollier each had 8. Hollier had two sacks to go along with his key interception. Jason
Gladfelder and Cody Redmond both had sacks for Grand View as well.
Grand View (1-0) travels to Siena Heights next weekend to start their play with NAIA competition.