Dordt College Football vs. Northwestern
November 5, 2007
(Orange City, Iowa) On a cold and wind swept night the Dordt College Defenders scored a 13-10 win over the Northwestern Red Raiders to close their initial club season of football 3-5. The Defenders overcame a couple key injuries in the game and came from behind to avenge and early season loss to the Orange City, Iowa based school.
Dordt got on the board first with Derek Kammerlocher 59 yard touchdown run on an option pitch by Joey Vander Schaaf on Dordt's first drive to make the score 6-0 after the point after failed wth 3:21 left. The score capped a six play-85 yard drive and came on fourth down.
Northwestern scored on their next drive when Jordan Langer hit a 31 yard field goal with the wind to get the Red Raiders on the board. After a Dordt drive came away empty, the Raiders scored on a 26 yard aerial from Matt Roesner to Keaton Hildreth for a 10-6 lead with :26 left in the first quarter.
Neither team scored in the second or third quarter, although Dordt's winning drive began in the third.
After the Dordt defense forced Northwestern to punt the Defenders started at their own 31 after a 16 yard return by Willie Smoot. The drive started with an Adam Shirley to Ryan Campbell nine yard pass completion followed by a Ben Robbins carry that was stopped at the line of scrimmage. On third and one Shirley followed his center, Todd Green, and gained eight yards and Robbins tipped the field on a counter that was good for 41 yards. Facing first and goal at the 11, the Defenders were whistled for a penalty that pushed them back to the 20 yard line. Vander Schaaf got seven yards back on first and 19. After an incompletion the Defenders faced third and 12 from the 13. This time Shirley was able to find Joey Vander Schaaf over the middle for a touchdown and the Dfenders took a 13-10 lead with 14:07 remaining in the game. Northwestern's next two drives were stopped at the Dordt 17 and the Dordt 24. With 2:10 remaining the Defenders were forced to punt and Fred Leyendekker used the wind to put it into the end zone forcing a touchback. Northwestern's final drive started with 2:10 remaining and ended with four incomplete passes when they got to midfield allowing Dordt to run the clock out with :58 remaining.
Dordt was led by Ben Robbins' 102 yards on the ground. Derek Kammerlocher had 77 yards on 6 carries but did not play after the first quarter due to an injury. Joey Vander Schaaf had 12 carries for 36 yards and caught the touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Adam Shirley was 5-9 through the air while Vander Schaaf was 3-3. Ben Robbins had three catches while Brandon Huisman, Joey Vander Schaaf, Ryan Campbell, Brendan Lyle and Derek Kammerlocher each had one catch.
Jordan Langer had 12 carries for Northwestern for 87 yards and Kevin Vander Schaaf 15 carries for 54 yards. Dordt's swarming defense held Northwestern to 142 yards on the ground and gave up 127 yards through the air.
The Defenders were led by Willie Smoot with six solo and eight assisted tackles while Jake Dykstra had four solos and four assisted. Zach Dierks was in on a total of nine tackles--two of them solos and Austin Turner made four solo stops. Smoot had five tackles for loss Chris Minnema had two pass breakups. Seth Denton, a mainstay for the Defenders left the game late in the third quarter with a leg injury.
Dordt finishes the year 3-5 while the Northwestern junior varsity team closes 3-2.
Dordt's Current Record: 3-5 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 3-2 (0-0)
|Team Stats||First Downs||Rushing Yards||Passing Yards||Total Yards|
|Dordt Rushing Leaders||Att||Yards||TD|
|Joey Vander Schaaf||12||36||0|
|Opponent Rushing Leaders||Att||Yards||TD|
|Kevin Vander Schaaf||15||54||0|
|Dordt Passing Leaders||Cmp/Att||Yards||TD|
|Joey Vander Schaaf||3/3||12||0|
|Opponent Passing Leaders||Cmp/Att||Yards||TD|
|Dordt Receiving Leaders||Catches||Yards||TD|
|Joey Vander Schaaf||1||13||1|
|Opponent Receiving Leaders||Catches||Yards||TD|
|Kevin Vander Schaaf||2||12||0|
|Dordt Tackles Leaders||Solo||Assists|
|Opponent Tackles Leaders||Solo||Assists|
|Tim Van Dyke||4||4|
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