Dordt College Football vs. Morningside
October 22, 2007
(Sioux City, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender football team went on the road and lost a 17-14 decision at Morningside on Monday night in a game against the Sioux City school's junior varsity team.
The Mustangs put together a time-consuming, 16 play drive, that resulted in a Jeff Haupts three yard touchdown run wtih 4:37 left in the first quarter, culiminating the 69 yard drive.
Dordt responded late in the second quarter when the Defenders marched 45 yards on ten plays and capped the drive with a Derek Kammerlocher 13 yard sprint to the corner of the end zone off an option pitch from Joey Vander Schaaf. The point after failed and the Defenders trailed 7-6 at halftime after Justin Sammons made an interception on the last play of the half in Dordt College territory.
Morningside took their second drive of the second half and marched from their own 36 to the Dordt end zone on ten plays, using the run almost exclusively and capping the drive with a Derek Linck 20 yard run with 6:38 left in the third quarter.
Trailing 14-6 the Defenders responded with an 11 play drive that covered 55 yards, converting two fourth-down plays along the way, one of them a pass to Ryan Campbell, the other a quarterback keeper by Joey Vander Schaaf. Inside the one, the Defenders plowed into the end zone with Adam Shirley following the lead block of Todd Green to cut the lead to 14-12. Shirley then converted the two-point attempt to tie the game, twisting into the end zone after initial contact at the one.
Morningside scored on their next drive, getting the eventual game-winner on a Derek Major 19 yard field goal with 9:10 remaining. Dordt did have an opportunity to tie the game or take the lead when Derek Kammerlocher took the first carry from scrimmage on the next drive and went 49 yards to the Morningside eight yard line. A penalty and three plays later the Defenders attempted a 30 yard field goal but Nick Sohre's attempt was wide right with 5:32 left in regulation.
Dordt had one more chance but the drive stalled at the Morningside 42 when an Adam Shirley interception ended the threat with :55 left.
Dordt gained 168 yards on the ground and the Dordt defense held Morningside to 144 net yards of rushing offense. Morningside had 150 yards through the air and Dordt had 45. Kammerlocher had 16 carries for 126 yards and Joey Vander Schaaf had nine carries for 23 yards. Shirley was 4-13 through the air for 25 yards and Vander Schaaf was 3-4 for 20 yards. Ryan Campbell had two catches for 20 yards and Derek Kammerlocher, Josh Clark, Ben Robbins and Austin Turner all had one catch each.
Dordt's defense was led by Willie Smoot's six solo and seven assisted tackles and Chris Minnema had five solos and four assisted stops with two pass breakups. Jake Esselink was in on four solo tackles and Seth Denton had two solo tackles-one a sack Austin Turner had two solos and seven assisted tackles.
Dordt is now 2-5 and will face Northwestern on Monday, November 5 in Orange City, Iowa at 5:00.
Dordt's Current Record: 2-5 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 0-0 (0-0)
|Team Stats||First Downs||Rushing Yards||Passing Yards||Total Yards|
|Dordt Rushing Leaders||Att||Yards||TD|
|Joey Vander Schaaf||9||23||0|
|Opponent Rushing Leaders||Att||Yards||TD|
|Dordt Passing Leaders||Cmp/Att||Yards||TD|
|Joey Vander Schaaf||3/4||20||0|
|Opponent Passing Leaders||Cmp/Att||Yards||TD|
|Dordt Receiving Leaders||Catches||Yards||TD|
|Opponent Receiving Leaders||Catches||Yards||TD|
|Dordt Tackles Leaders||Solo||Assists|
|Opponent Tackles Leaders||Solo||Assists|
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