Ricks Wins Final Home Game Ever

With 6,500 fans attending the final home football game ever at Ricks College, it was the Viking defense that keyed the win, and sent hundreds of students and fans onto the field to tear down the goal posts as the final gun sounded.

While the Viking offense sputtered throughout the first half, the Ricks defense fought off the Matadors offense, giving up field goals in the first and second quarter.

Ricks trailed at the half 6-0.

The defense quickly stirred the pot as the second quarter opened, forcing Arizona Western quarterback Foster Brodus to throw an incomplete pass from the endzone. Intentional grounding was called and Ricks had its first points on a safety.

The Matadors ensuing free kick was returned by Brantley Oakey from the 20 to the Vikings 37. Four plays later, Robbie Haas hit Jared Doman on a 21 yard TD pass and Ricks led 9-6.

The Viking defense asserted itself two minutes later when Mike Overly intercepted a Foster Brodus pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown and Ricks led 16-6.

After forcing another Matador punt, Haas hit Jon Clark on a 38 yards pass for six more and it was 23-6. On AWCC's next offensive play, Viking DT Carl Tuitavuki recovered a fumble at Western's 31 yard line. Three plays later, Haas and Doman connected again, this time from 11 yards out, and it was 30-6 at the end of the third quarter. Doman and Haas connected one more time, from 62 yards away in the fourth quarter. The score followed another Western fumble.

Western's offense was shut out in the second half. Haas completed 16 of 26 passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns. Tuitavuki totaled 12 tackles in the game. The Viking defense forced four turnovers. The win clinches at least a tie for the WSFL title. The Vikings close out the season next Saturday night at Dixie.

NOTE: JCFootball.com will be attending next week's Ricks / Dixie game in St. George, Utah.

AZ Western vs Ricks Vikings (Oct 27, 2001 at Rexburg, Id)

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score

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AZ Western.......... 3 3 0 0 - 6 Record:

Ricks Vikings....... 0 0 30 7 - 37 Record:

Scoring Summary:

1st 05:32 AWESTERN - Werley, Chad 46 yd field goal, 13-66 5:51, AWESTERN 3 - RICKS 0

2nd 06:21 AWESTERN - Werley, Chad 25 yd field goal, 10-72 4:15, AWESTERN 6 - RICKS 0

3rd 13:58 RICKS - TM safety, AWESTERN 6 - RICKS 2

12:44 RICKS - Doman, Jared 21 yd pass from Haas, Robbie (Marshall, Jim kick), 4-37 1:14, AWESTERN 6 - RICKS 9

10:50 RICKS - Overly, Mike 55 yd interception return (Marshall, Jim kick) , AWESTERN 6 - RICKS 16

03:15 RICKS - Clark,Jon 38 yd pass from Haas, Robbie (Marshall, Jim kick), 1-38 0:17, AWESTERN 6 - RICKS 23

02:41 RICKS - Doman,Jared 11 yd pass from Haas, Robbie (Marshall, Jim kick), 3-29 0:11, AWESTERN 6 - RICKS 30

4th 10:46 RICKS - Doman,Jared 57 yd pass from Haas, Robbie (Marshall, Jim kick), 5-92 2:26, AWESTERN 6 - RICKS 37

AWESTERN - RICKS

FIRST DOWNS................... 17 - 20

RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 62-314 - 27-37

PASSING YDS (NET)............. 8 - 309

Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 12-2-1 - 37-22-0

TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 74-322 - 64-346

Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 - 0-0

Punt Returns-Yards............ 1-17 - 3-34

Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 5-62 - 4-103

Interception Returns-Yards.... 0-0 - 1-55

Punts (Number-Avg)............ 5-41.4 - 5-40.8

Fumbles-Lost.................. 3-3 - 4-1

Penalties-Yards............... 13-120 - 6-45

Possession Time............... 33:57 - 26:03

Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 0-0 - 0-0

RUSHING:
AZ Western-Akins,Kenan 20-154; Clark,Sed 6-79; Brodus,Foster 16-39; Smith,Joe 9-34; Smalls,Robert 8-7; Blue,Bruce 1-2; Chinn,Hurtis 2-minus 1. Ricks Vikings-Udy,Mike 1-26; Oakey,Brantley 4-17; Startin,Cody 1-16; Christensen,T. 3-10; Thompson,Scott 2-7; Harrigfeld,Chad 1-3; Hyde,Nick 3-1; Haas,Robbie 6-1; Knuppenburg,L. 4-minus 21; Stevens,Dallas 2-minus 23.

PASSING:
AZ Western-Brodus,Foster 1-7-1-1; Smalls,Robert 1-3-0-7; Clark,Sed 0-2-0-0. Ricks Vikings-Haas,Robbie 16-26-0-256; Stevens,Dallas 4-8-0-35; Knuppenburg,L. 2-3-0-18.

RECEIVING:
AZ Western-Smith,Joe 1-7; Frederickson,J 1-1. Ricks Vikings-Harline,Jonny 5-73; Doman,Jared 3-89; Clark,Jon 3-52; Novotny 3-9; Nash,Chris 2-32; Thompson,Scott 2-16; Christensen,T. 1-16; Mortensen,D. 1-11; Brown,Nathon 1-9; Hahm,Nate 1-2.

INTERCEPTIONS:
AZ Western-None. Ricks Vikings-Overly,Mike 1-55.

FUMBLES:
AZ Western-Brodus,Foster 2-2; Smalls,Robert 1-1. Ricks Vikings-Knuppenburg,L. 2-0; Startin,Cody 1-0; Harline,Jonny 1-1.

SACKS (UA-A):
AZ Western-Mitchell,S 1-0; Hessing,Wil 1-0; Chude,Valentine 1-0; Smith,Jai 1-0. Ricks Vikings-Manumaleuna 0-1; Murphy,Shawn 1-0; Ullrich,Adam 1-0.

TACKLES (UA-A):
AZ Western-Anderson,Dwight 6-0; Williams,Kailan 6-0; Mitchell,S 4-0; Smith,Jai 4-0; Hessing,Wil 4-0; Chude,Valentine 4-0; Brooks,C 3-1; Chaney,Chris 3-0; Green,Jarrit 2-0; Sherman,Zeonte 2-0; Clark,Sed 2-0; Smith,Jabari 2-0; Lloyd,Patrick 2-0; Anderson,L 1-0; TM 1-0; Sidney,Eric 1-0; Griffin,Ricardo 1-0; Smith,Joe 1-0; McRae,Clarence 1-0; Brown,Marion 1-0; Armstrong,R 0-1; Blue,Bruce 0-1. Ricks Vikings-Tuitavuke,Carl 7-5; Allen,Ben 7-2; Raass,Sefo 7-0; Tomco,Brigham 6-1; Brown,Chip 6-1; Williamson,B. 4-3; Ullrich,Adam 4-2; Kraus,Kody 3-3; Bates,Dan 5-0; TM 4-0; Franz,Ben 4-0; Overly,Mike 2-0; Murphy,Shawn 2-0; Manumaleuna 0-2; Tidwell,Shawn 1-0; Sellers,Travis 1-0; Folsom,Isaac 1-0; Calder,Shane 1-0; Womack,Isaiah 1-0; Udy,Mike 1-0.


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