DES MOINES, Iowa – The Raven Football team threw a wrench into the Heart North race on Saturday afternoon with an upset over No. 6 Grand View University.
Benedictine (6-4, 2-2 Heart North) forced Grand View (8-2, 3-1 Heart North) into six turnovers to earn a 7-3 win over the Vikings and snap Grand View's eight-game winning streak.
Trailing 7-3, Grand View took possession of the ball on their own 44 yard line with just over two minutes remaining in the game. Forty-seven seconds later, the Vikings sat at second and goal when Jared Sheppard forced a fumble that was recovered by Steve Williams.
That touchdown pass proved to be all the scoring the match up would see until the final seconds of the third quarter when Grand View connected on a 31-yard field goal.
The Ravens won the time of possession battle against the Vikings as Benedictine held possession for a total of 39:31 to Grand View's 22:51.
Defensively, the Ravens allowed 476 total yards on offense for Grand View but forced the Vikings into four interceptions and two fumbles, the last of which helped seal the win for Benedictine.
Benedictine's first interception led to the Ravens first touchdowns while the next two Raven interceptions kept Grand View out of the red zone.
The Ravens finished with a total of 168 yards on offense. Koester went 13 of 28 with 71 yards. The Raven rushing attack accounted for a total of 97 yards with Ejay Johnson rushing for 94 yards off 28 carries. Johnson was also the Ravens leading receiver with 31 yards off seven catches.
Defensively, the Ravens finished with 10 tackles for a loss of 23 yards. Shane Baumann led the Ravens with 12 tackles with a tackle for a loss and an interception. Daishon Johnson finished with nine tackles, two for a loss, and an interception with a 82-yard return. Steve Williams recovered two fumbles, causing one, and added the Ravens third interception. Chandler Staley recorded the Ravens forth interception.
Benedictine wraps up the regular season next week as they host Peru State College at 1 p.m. on O'Malley Field.