NIXA, Mo. – The Evangel Valor football team was unable to keep pace with the No. 2-ranked Grand View Vikings falling, 27-7, Saturday night in NAIA college football action.
Grand View (5-0) proved why they are the No. 2 ranked team in NAIA racking up more than 500 yards of total offense and holding Evangel (2-2) to just seven points. The Valor did end an 11-quarter scoreless streak for the Vikings who had posted back-to-back shutouts entering Saturday's contest.
The Vikings opened the game with a 7-play 89-yard drive that was capped by an Avery Gates 18-yard run. Although Gates scored the only rushing touchdown, Ali Scott finished with a game-high 113 yards on 23 carries.
After an Evangel drive stalled Grand View would build a 14-0 lead on a 53-yard pass and catch from Johnny Sullivan to Damon Street.
From there, the Valor defense would dig in and hold the Vikings to just two field goals through the second and third quarters.
The third quarter would bring life to the Valor defense. A punt and an Athanie Leeviraphan interception would set up the only touchdown of the evening for Evangel. Leeviraphan picked off his fourth pass of the season and 13th of his career to move into sole possession of fourth all-time in the Evangel record books.
Wakley was 14-of-23 for 219 yards and one touchdown under center.
Evangel makes its final non-conference Heart cross-division road trip to Peru State next Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff.