Vikings Focus On Keeping The “Key” Following Loss

All Eyes On USF After Disappointing 3-Point Loss To Duluth

The Augustana Vikings (3-1) football team needs a short memory heading into this weekend.

After falling short to Minnesota-Duluth, 41-38, they now head into the “Key to the City” rivalry game against the University of Sioux Falls Cougars (4-0).

Head Coach Jerry Olszewski said playoff implications are in full form this weekend coming off of the loss.

“We need to get back in that race and that hunt in the South division starts this Saturday. They’re a good football team and so are we. So we’re excited for what that’s going to look like and get our kids to rise up and play to our level, play to our ability level,” said Olszewski.

Quarterback Trey Heid said having the playoffs looming overhead going into USF weekend isn’t a new feeling.

“Anytime we play these guys, it kind of has that feel but this time, more than others, I guess the same amount as last year. We’re looking at it as a must win not only for the playoffs but just another win in the season,” said Heid.

The Vikings stunned the Cougars as the away team last year, 35-28.

Olszewski said they need to bring the fundamentals to their home turf this weekend to keep the “Key.”

“We need to make sure we play sound, disciplined defense. We need to tackle the ball well, take care of all phases of the run game and as well as the pass game as well. Offensively, we need to make sure we value the football, don’t turn it over. They’ve strived on turnovers in the past and we certainly gave them some last year,” said Olszewski.

Heid said they need to come out at a breakneck pace but in a cautious way.

“We’ve got to start fast, be sharp…definitely can’t throw four picks again. Just kind of execute. I mean, I know throughout this year, we do very well and when we have issues, we obviously don’t so we have to be clean,” said Heid.

Kickoff for the “Key to the City” battle between the Vikings and the Cougars is set for 1:05 p.m. Saturday.