St. John’s Vivier named inaugural Pigskin Player of the Week

Each week, The Minot Daily News lets fans decide our Pigskin Player of the Week via an online poll at After more than 500 votes, St. John junior quarterback Seth Vivier has been named The Minot Daily News’ first-ever Pigskin Player of the Week. Vivier picked up 53 percent of the votes, followed by Brett Schaefer of Des Lacs-Burlington (31 percent) and Sean Soukup of North Prairie (16 percent.)

What you need to know: Vivier played an integral role in the Woodchucks’ two victories last week. In his first varsity start, a 40-8 victory over Dunseith, Vivier completed 7 of 12 passes for 171 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed 10 times for 118 yards and a score, finishing with 289 all-purpose yards. Defensively, he added six tackles.

Last Friday in a 54-30 win against Divide County, Vivier went off for 525 passing yards with a 16-for-24 performance – seven of those 16 completions were for touchdowns. He also caught a 27-yard pass and made four tackles. In one week, Vivier passed for 696 yards and 11 TDs without an interception.

His thoughts: (On his Divide County performance) “We were going to run the option there. I didn’t know I put up 24 passes. It felt like I was throwing the ball every play. … Line stepped up big in the second half there, gave me time.” (On his receiving corps) “Andrew Hanretty, he’s fast and makes some good cuts. And then Dalton Poitra, he’s fast on the outside and catches almost everything you throw at him.”

Coach Cory Davis’ thoughts: (On his team’s willingness to pass against Divide County) “I didn’t think we’d throw for over 500 yards in one game, but I was hoping we’d be able to throw for a couple-hundred yards anyway.” … (On Vivier’s outing against Divide County) “He just threw the ball exceptionally well. Receivers were able to get open, he was able to buy some time. It was a great game. It was fun to watch.” … (On Vivier’s first two starts at quarterback) “We always knew he could throw the ball. He has a real nice touch on the ball. When he’s got to go deep he can and when he’s got to throw short he can. It should be fun to watch him throw it around this year.”