Dordt College Football vs. Dakota Wesleyan
November 15, 2008
(Mitchell, South Dakota) The Dordt College Defender football season came to an end Saturday afternoon, November 15, in a 64-7 loss to the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers in Great Plains Athletic Conference action in Mitchell, South Dakota. The Tigers capitalized on a turnover late in the first half to blow open a 10-0 game.
Wesleyan converted a field goal with 12:23 left in the first quarter to cap a 53 yard drive to open the game. The Defenders moved the ball into Dakota Wesleyan territory on their first drive but the drive stalled at the 24 yard line and the Defenders turned the ball over on downs. Wesleyan scored their next points of the game late in the first quarter when they capitalized on a short field for a 20 yard touchdown run by Raymond Blossom that capped a two play-30 yard drive with :01 left in the quarter. Dordt's Fred Leyendekker had to hurry his kick under pressure and ended up kicking the ball out of bounds for -2 yards and the Tigers were up 10-0. The two teams played most of the second quarter at that difference. Wesleyan sustained a 42 yard drive near the end of the half for a 17-0 lead and with just over two minutes remaining the Defenders fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Wesleyan recovered at the 12 yard line. Two plays later the Tigers were up 24-0 with 1:59 remaining in the half.
Dordt's Phillip Sears managed a runback to the Dakota Wesleyan 34 yard line and the Defenders made the most of the short field with a three-play drive for a touchdown. Dordt got the needed yards on an 18 yard completion to Grant Mowery and a 16 yard scroing strike to Joey Vander Schaaf with 1:33 left. The time was just enough for Wesleyan to go 52 yards on seven plays for the final score of the half to make it 30-7.
Wesleyan scored on their next five possessions of the game on drives of 38, 36, 59, 72 and 63 yards for the final of 64-7.
Dordt was outgained 577-187 with Wesleyan getting 287 yards on the ground and 290 yards in the air. Dordt ran for 93 yards and passed for 94. Wesleyan converted 9-13 third down plays.
The Defenders were led by Ben Robbins' 11 carries and 58 yards. Charles Milton ran eight times for 28 yards and Scotty Walden completed 7-14 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. Chris Minnema, Vander Schaaf and Mowery had two catches each for 39, 30 and 23 yards respectively.
Dakota Wesleyan's Raymond Blossom ran for 99 yards on 13 carries and Russel McGuire had three carries for 70 yards. Justin Guzman got the ball ten times for 40 yards and Jim Williams ran eight times for 34 yards and two of his carries were for touchdowns. Jon Doom completed 19-28 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers while Bubba Slaba latched on to nine catches for 157 yards.
Fred Leyendekker had five solo and four assisted stops to lead the Defenders with 1.5 tackles for loss and Zach Henderson had six solo tackles. Isaiah Busby made four solo stops and Austin Bosma had a forced fumble and Ryan Whitworth a fumble recovery.
Dordt finishes the year 1-10 overall and 1-9 in the GPAC in their inaugural varsity season and Dakota Wesleyan completes their most succesful season in recent history with a 7-3 overall and conference record.
Dordt's Current Record: 1-10 (1-9)
Opponent's Current Record: 7-3 (7-3)
|Team Stats||First Downs||Rushing Yards||Passing Yards||Total Yards|
|Dordt Rushing Leaders||Att||Yards||TD|
|Opponent Rushing Leaders||Att||Yards||TD|
|Dordt Passing Leaders||Cmp/Att||Yards||TD|
|Opponent Passing Leaders||Cmp/Att||Yards||TD|
|Dordt Receiving Leaders||Catches||Yards||TD|
|Joey Vander Schaaf||2||30||1|
|Opponent Receiving Leaders||Catches||Yards||TD|
|Dordt Tackles Leaders||Solo||Assists|
|Opponent Tackles Leaders||Solo||Assists|
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