Viking Football seeks to retain ‘key to the city’ in Saturday contest


SIOUX FALLS, SD – It’s the “Key to the City” game as the Augustana football team heads to Bob Young Field to take on Sioux Falls.

The full action can be followed on and on the GoAugie app, brought to you by CellOnly. The app can be downloaded from the App Store or from Google Play.

The game

Kick-off from the USF field located four miles from the Augustana campus is scheduled for 1 p.m. Augustana leads the longest winning streak in the NSIC with 10 games. Sioux Falls enters the contest after dropping out of his last game last week at Northern State.

Each school will have an honorary captain as the friendly battle between the Sioux Falls Fire Department and the Sioux Falls Police Department both has an interest in the contest. Sioux Falls Fire Chief Matt McAreavey is an Augustana alumnus, while Police Chief Jonathan Thum is a USF graduate. Each will be on the respective key of their alma mater for the draw while serving as honorary captains.

the pumas

Sioux Falls enters Saturday with a 2-2 record, having lost to Northern State 41-10 last week. Prior to last week, the Cougars had lost to Bemidji State and won over Minot State and Concordia-St. Paul. The Cougars currently sit seventh in the NSIC overall standings.

Junior running back Thuro Reisdorfer has gone to the races in his third season as he leads the NSIC with over 127 rushing yards per game and his 5 rushing touchdowns tie him for first in the conference. The USF’s 243 rushing yards per game average ranks it second in the NSIC. Dominic Pegley is the Cougars’ top receiver, placing eighth at the NSIC in receptions with 21.

Defensively, the Cougars are allowing 347.5 yards per game and 22.3 points per game. They are second in the conference, behind only Augustana, with 70.5 rushing yards per game allowed.

The Vikings

Augustana, the only undefeated team remaining in the NSIC, is 4-0 and ranked No. 14 in the AFCA’s Top 25 Coaching Survey. The Vikings are also ranked No. 12 in the Top-25. Augustana, who has scored at least 43 points in every game this season, ranks second in the country with 46.8 points scored per game. His defense? 13e in the nation allowing just 15.2 points per game.

Strategist kyle saddler arguably had his best game as a Viking last week in the victory at Bemidji and was honored as NSIC Offensive Player of the Week. Saddler threw six touchdowns and ran for a seventh while throwing over 300 yards.

Jarod epperson ranks 24e in the country with 145.75 versatile yards per game. Defensively, Peyton buckley ranks third in the country with just under one interception per game, a mark that leads the NSIC.

Who to watch

We’ve saved the best to talk about for last when it comes to the Vikings. The defense, more precisely the defensive line, is the best in the country to stop the hasty attack of the adversaries. The Vikings are allowing just 19.8 yards per game, the best in the country and easily the best in the NSIC. The second in the conference to stop the hasty attack? It’s Saturday’s opponent, USF, with over 72 yards allowed per game.

One last thing

Augustana announcer Jeff Fylling will call his 400e Viking football match. He began his football career for Augustana College in 1984, giving Saturday’s 2021 competition his 400e game called. Fans can tune into KXRB 100.1 FM to hear Fylling call the action.



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