Dordt College Football vs. Concordia (NE)
October 11, 2008
(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender football team earned their first ever varsity football game with a 17-14 win over the Concordia Bulldogs in Great Plains Athletic Conference football Saturday afternoon, October 11 in Sioux Center, Iowa.
The Defenders dominated the second half with 10 points and limited Concordia to six minutes of offensive possession time in the final 30 minutes on the way to their first win in six tries and their first win in GPAC play.
Dordt moved the ball on their first possession but came away empty after a fumble at the Concordia 27. It was the only turnover the Defenders would commit on the rainy day. Concordia eventually got on the scoreboard with a TJ Shirey completion to Wade Houchin for 19 yards and a touchdown to cap an eight play, 73 yard drive. The point after failed and the Bulldogs were up 6-0 with 1:14 left in the first quarter.
Dordt scored their first touchdown of conference play at the 3:59 mark when when they capitalized on a fumble that was forced by Tyler Te Grotenhuis, giving the Defenders a short field to work with. Three plays later Joey Vander Schaaf took an option pitch and went in from 19 yards. The Reuben Faber kick was good and the Defneders led 7-6.
The visitors wasted no time in striking for a 62 yard pass touchdown to Houtchin from Shirey with 2:44 left in the half. The play was the second of the possession.
Dordt threatened towards the end of the half but turned the ball over on downs after waiting out a 40 minute lightning delay with :44 left in the half.
The teams had a shortened halftime--three minutes and resumed play with Dordt beginning their dominance. After a three-plays and punt the Defenders got a pass interception by Phillip Sears that set up the game tying touchdown drive. Dordt drove from midfield to the Concordia 19 where, facing third and 13, Scotty Walden found Grant Mowery over the middle for a touchdown with 6:08 left in the third quarter. The rive took 5:33 off the clock. Nick Sohre's kick was good to tie it at 14.
Concordia turned the ball over on downs on their next possession, giving the Defenders the ball at 68 yards from the end zone with 3:29 left in the quarter. Austin Vander Ham and Jordan Alexander teamed up for the tackle of Akeem Christain-Stark to get the ball on downs on the fourth and four try.
Dordt's drive looked dead when they ran a double reverse option pass on the first play of the fourth quarter with Vander Schaaf getting the second hand off from Ryan Campbell and completing a pass to Scotty Walden who started the play at quarterback. Walden raced to the Concordia 24 before getting drug down. The Defenders eventually kicked a field goal from 21 yards for a 17-14 lead with 10:42 remaining in the game. The Defenders forced a fumble on Concordia's second play from scrimmage on the ensuing drive, forced Concordia to punt on their second possession after the field goal and Jack Bryant got a pass interception at the Dordt 12 with :27 left to seal the win.
Dordt outgained Concordia 367-284 and allowed the Bulldogs just a little over six minutes of possession time in the second half. Dordt's Joey Vander Schaaf had 103 yards on the ground on 20 carries and had five catches for 55 yards and a 38 yard pass completion. Scotty Walden was 11-22 through the air for 101 yards and had 74 yards on the ground in 19 carries. Ben Robbins had 16 totes for 48 yards.
Concordia's TJ Shirey had 68 yards of rushing on 10 carries and completed 9-17 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns and two pass interceptions.
Jack Bryant and Phillip Sears each had an interception and Sears also had four solo tackles and two assisted stops with a fumble recovery. Jake Dykstra had two solos, forced a fumble and had a fumble recovery along with a pass break up. Matt Postmus was in on three solo tackles for the Defenders who are now 1-5 overall and 1-4 in the conference. The Defenders travel to Midland Lutheran in Fremont, Nebraska next Saturday, October 18 for a 1:00 kickoff. Concordia falls to 1-5 overall and in the GPAC with the loss.
Dordt's Current Record: 1-5 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 1-5 (1-5)
|Team Stats||First Downs||Rushing Yards||Passing Yards||Total Yards|
|Dordt Rushing Leaders||Att||Yards||TD|
|Joey Vander Schaaf||20||103||1|
|Opponent Rushing Leaders||Att||Yards||TD|
|Dordt Passing Leaders||Cmp/Att||Yards||TD|
|Joey Vander Schaaf||1/1||38||0|
|Opponent Passing Leaders||Cmp/Att||Yards||TD|
|Dordt Receiving Leaders||Catches||Yards||TD|
|Joey Vander Schaaf||5||55||0|
|Opponent Receiving Leaders||Catches||Yards||TD|
|Dordt Tackles Leaders||Solo||Assists|
|Opponent Tackles Leaders||Solo||Assists|
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