Vikings Sweep NSAA Week 1 Football Awards
Valley City State swept the first North Star Athletic Association weekly football honors, the NSAA announced Monday. The Vikings, an NAIA Top 25 Preseason Coaches' Poll team, defeated Jamestown 31-14 in the annual Paint Bucket rivalry game.
VCSU junior linebacker Austin Flores is the Defensive Player of the Week, having recorded four solo tackles and assisted eight tackles, and had an interception and two forced fumbles in the game.
Freshman quarterback Kurtis Wall, in his first career start, is the Offensive Player of the Week after completing 16 of 23 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns.
Sophomore kicker Thomas Cortez is the Special Teams Player of the Week after converting all four PAT kicks and a 25-yard field goal. His six kickoffs totaled 248 yards, his longest kickoff sailing 65 yards.