Dordt College Football vs. Briar Cliff
November 1, 2008
(Sioux City, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender football team dropped a 27-16 decision to the Briar Cliff Chargers in Great Plains Athletic Conference football Saturday afternoon in Sioux City, Iowa.
Dordt College missed an opportunity early when Joey Vander Schaaf was stopped short of the Briar Cliff goal line at the 13:08 mark of the first quarter and fumbled the football. The play was set up when Scotty Walden threw a 40 yard completion to Vander Schaaf on the first play of the drive to set up first and goal for the Defenders. The rest of the quarter was scoreless with Briar Cliff finally breaking through with an 11 play, 60 yard drive that took 4:38 off the clock and was capped when Kyle Gerdes got a second push on a quarterback keeper for a touchdown at the 14:14 mark of the first half.
The Defenders struck almost immediately for a score when Walden completed a post pattern pass to Alex Henderson on the second play of the possession for a 51 yard touchdown and the Defenders were tied with the Chargers with 13:36 left in the half.
Briar Cliff then capitalized late in the half when they started a drive with 3:26 left at their own 15. The Chargers converted a third down and seven play early in the drive to keep the chains moving and were the beneficiaries of a personal foul penalty against the Defenders that put the ball at the Dordt 24 rather than the 39. Briar Cliff got the ball to the end zone with :05 left when Gerdes found Zac Kliment on a crossing pattern and Briar Cliff had a lead they would never give up the rest of the game.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Chargers scored with a seven play, 61 yard drive that ended with a David Shepard one yard run.
Trailing 21-7, Dordt made it interesting wtih a 46 yard drive with 5:48 left in the game. Dordt converted on a fourth down and six play off a double reverse pass with Vander Schaaf finding Walden for a 19 yard completion to the one and Vander Schaaf took it over on the next play.
Briar Cliff put the game out of reach with a Shepard touchdown run with 2:20 left. Shepard carried the ball on all six plays on the drive that started at the Briar Cliff 33. Dordt got their final points when the point after snap was fumbled and Tagg McNeel ran the other way for a 27-16 final.
Dordt was outgained 439-299. Briar Cliff piled up 230 yards on the ground while Dordt had difficulty establishing the run for 89 yards. Scotty Walden completed 9-27 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown and ran for 28 yards on eight carries. Vander Schaaf had four catches for 59 yards and Derek Raebel and Ryan Campbell each had a pair of catches for 65 and 16 yards respectively.
Shepard ran for 187 yards on 30 carries for the hosts and Kyle Gerdes completed 22-30 passes for 209 yards. Chase Colvin and Luke Roder had 10 and eight catches each for 107 and 83 yards respectively.
James Rowenhorst was Dordt's leading tackler with five solo and four assists while Eric Torgerson had four solos and four assists with a half a sack. Zach Henderson and Jack Bryant both were credited with four solo tackles and Isaiah Busby had a fumble recovery. Jarrod Makovicka had six solo tackles for the Chargers with two for loss.
Dordt is now 1-8 overall and 1-7 in the conference while Briar Cliff is 2-7 overall and 2-6 in the league. Dordt hosts Sioux Falls next Saturday, November 8 at 1:00.
Dordt's Current Record: 1-8 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 2-7 (2-6)
|Team Stats||First Downs||Rushing Yards||Passing Yards||Total Yards|
|Dordt Rushing Leaders||Att||Yards||TD|
|Joey Vander Schaaf||11||20||1|
|Opponent Rushing Leaders||Att||Yards||TD|
|Dordt Passing Leaders||Cmp/Att||Yards||TD|
|Joey Vander Schaaf||1/1||19||0|
|Opponent Passing Leaders||Cmp/Att||Yards||TD|
|Dordt Receiving Leaders||Catches||Yards||TD|
|Joey Vander Schaaf||4||59||0|
|Opponent Receiving Leaders||Catches||Yards||TD|
|Dordt Tackles Leaders||Solo||Assists|
|Opponent Tackles Leaders||Solo||Assists|
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