September 6, 2007 at 10:38 a.m.
The Vikings had no answer for Benilde's punishing ground game. BSM scored on their first six possessions. At 7:54 of the first quarter, the Knights had already marched for two TD's and taken a 14-0 lead.
By the Viking's second possession, a game-long pattern had already been established. Benilde kicked off to Viking junior receiver Dan Schoess, who, despite running hard and fighting for every yard possible, returned it only to the 18.
Viking junior quarterback Joe Johnson handed off to Viking senior speedster Jared Grams. Grams took the ball to the left, but drowned in a sea of white jerseys and gained two yards. Alex Sundly tried it on second down. He was held to no gain. On third down, Johnson kept the ball himself. However, the result was similar, a one yard game.
After a Viking punt by Jake Lenards, Benilde took control on the Viking's 48. Two first downs later and two minutes later, Benilde went to the air for an 18 yard touchdown pass. With 2:44 left in the first quarter, the Vikings were in a 21-0 hole.
Grams returned the kickoff to the 34, but things went downhill from there. A Grams run on first down netted a loss of three yards. A Johnson to Grams swing pass on second down resulted in a loss of six more.
Viking head coach Dave Eyre called for a time-out, hoping to settle his team down, with 1:28 remaining in quarter one. When play resumed, Benilde intercepted a Johnson pass on third down. Two plays later, on the first play of the second quarter, Benilde scored again to take a 28-0 lead. By halftime, it was 40-0. About the only thing Benilde did wrong was to miss two extra points.
Despite substituting liberally, BSM continued to dominate the game in the second half. They rushed the ball for 323 yards while limiting the Viking offense to a meager 43 yards of offense.