BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Coming
into Saturday’s game, the ONU football team knew they had their hands full with
the No. 3 team in the NAIA. Grand View University (Iowa) is one of only four undefeated teams left across the country. The Tigers were anxious to see
how they matched up with a top five team at home. The Vikings defeated the Tigers
48-17 in a sloppy game of penalties; 28 were called for 286 yards.
The first five possessions took only 9:32 in the first
quarter and ended in punts. The fifth by the Tigers (1-5, 0-2) was returned by the
Vikings’ (6-0, 2-0) Jacob Stacy for 58 yards and the first score of the day. Neither team scored again in the quarter as
Olivet was able to convert three first downs in the quarter.
Grand View scored just inside the start of the second
quarter on a Garrett Fulbright four-yard run to make it 13-0. On their next
possession that started at 11:42, they went 72 yards in 3:49, and Derek Fulton
found Stacy for 16 yards. With the score at 20-0, the Tigers needed to get in the
end zone. They did just that. Quarterback Ryan Sample (Manteno, Ill.) found Aaron Salas (San Marcos, Calif.) on a 3-and-12 for a 50-yard strike
to make it 20-7.
The Vikings responded, however, with a 75-yard drive. Fulton
found Brady Roland for 31 yards.With only 2:03 remaining in the half, the
Vikings' punter received a bad snap and managed a punt of only zero yards. The
Tigers took the ball and, with one second, Andrew
Muzljakvovich (Vicksburg, Mich.) made a 34-yard field goal to make it
The third quarter was completely dominated by scores and
turnovers. Neither team punted, and there were 28 total points scored. The
Vikings scored 21 points on four possessions, throwing a pick at the 9:47 mark
to Zach Grover (Mason, Mich.). The
Tigers, on the other hand, scored one time at the 6:51 mark when Zach Gross (Elgin, Ill.) ran it in from
two yards. However, they turned it over three times. Sample was intercepted by
Lance Lewis, and Michael Ho-Lewis (Boise,
Idaho) fumbled on the Tigers' first possession of the second half.
The fourth quarter was scoreless as ONU punted twice, and the
Vikings turned it over on downs with 4:21 remaining in the game.
For the Tigers' offense, freshman quarterback Ryan Sample went
9-for-22 for 132 yards and a 50-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Salas. Junior
Michael Ho-Lewis ran the ball 11 times for 41 yards. Sophomore Zach Gross ran
the ball eight times for 30 yards and a touchdown.
ONU’s defense allowed 538 total yards and 29 first downs. Freshman
Derrick Hosselton (Manteno, Ill.)
had an outstanding day with 16 tackles, two sacks for 20 yards, and five
tackles for loss for 31 yards. Senior Mark Kosrow (Elk Grove Village, Ill.)
had 10 tackles.
Vikings’ quarterback Derek Fulton was 21 for 26 for 243
yards and four touchdowns, while running for 21 yards on eight carries. Garrett
Fulbright rushed 11 times for 96 yards and one score. Mike Perez had 11 rushes
for 32 yards and a touchdown. He also caught on ball for a 12-yard score. Taylor
Goebel caught five balls for 82 yards and a score. Brady Roland had four
catches for 56 yards and a touchdown.
The Tigers will be back in action at 1 p.m. on Saturday,
Oct. 19, on the road against No. 9 St. Ambrose University (Iowa).