Dordt College Football vs. Northwestern
September 5, 2009
(Orange City, Iowa) The Dordt College Defenders lost their football season opener on the road Saturday night, September 5 at Northwestern in Orange City, Iowa. The Defenders scored first but the Red Raiders exploded for 28 third quarter points on the way to a 35-3 win in the first game of the season for both teams.
Dordt had the ball deep in Northwestern territory early thanks to a fumble on the opening kickoff but the Defenders returned the favor twice, fumbling inside the 20 once and the 10 on another occasion. The Defenders got on the board with a Reuben Faber field goal with 5:59 left in the first quarter. The lead was short lived for Dordt with Taylor Malm taking the ball 74 yards on the ground on the first play from scrimmage on the ensuing drive and gave Northwestern a lead they would never relinquish. Northwestern threatened to score again in the second quarter but the Dordt defense held its' ground inside the 20 yard line and took the ball back on downs to preserve the 7-3 score at halftime.
Both teams failed to move the ball on their first possessions of the second half with Northwestern breaking through on a shortened field as Malm went over from 14 yards out with 10:00 left in the third. Malm scored again with 9:12 left in the quarter on a 25 yard run and Kevin Vander Schaaf raced in from 18 yards out to cap a five play drive with 5:08 remaining in the third period. The final score came on a Caleb Blauwet interception return with 3:13 left in the stanza to make it 35-3. All totaled the Northwestern lead grew by 28 in the span of 6:47.
Dordt was outgained 457-105. Justin Knot (Freshman; Hudsonville, Michigan) was 5-15 through the air for 84 yards. Sam Du Mez (Sophomore; Brookfield, Wisconsin) caught two passes for 35 yards and Ryan Campbell (Senior; Fort Worth, Texas also caught a pair for 32 yards. Darrin Beekman (Sophomore; Coon Rapids, Minnesota) had a catch for 26 yards.
Matt Postmus (Sophomore; Kalamazoo, Michigan) had seven solo tackles and four assisted stops with three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. James Rowenhorst (Sophomore; Orange City, Iowa) had five tackles and one assist and Lucas Kurtzleben (Sophomore; Orange City, Iowa) had four solo stops.
Malm led Northwestern with 145 yards rushing on ten carries for three touchdowns and Kevin Vander Schaaf added 63 yards on 13 carries. Ryan Morgan completed 14-28 passes for Northwestern for 137 yards. Five of the completions were to Malm for 33 yards and Reed Van Hulzen caught four passes for 47 yards.
Dordt is 0-1 and will face Waldorf (Iowa) on Saturday, September 12 at 1:00 while Northwestern travels to Morningside for a Saturday night game.
Morningside at 56
Dakota Wesleyan 21
Concordia at 10
Midland Lutheran 12
Hastings at 34
Nebraska Wesleyan at 3
Sioux Falls 44
Dana at 0
Briar Cliff 23
Dordt at 3
Sioux Falls 1-0
Briar Cliff 1-0
Midland Lutheran 1-0
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-1
Dakota Wesleyan 0-1
Dordt's Current Record: 0-1 (0-1)
Opponent's Current Record: 1-0 (1-0)
|Team Stats||First Downs||Rushing Yards||Passing Yards||Total Yards|
|Dordt Rushing Leaders||Att||Yards||TD|
|Josh Van Kempen||6||6||0|
|Opponent Rushing Leaders||Att||Yards||TD|
|Kevin Vander Schaaf||13||63||1|
|Dordt Passing Leaders||Cmp/Att||Yards||TD|
|Opponent Passing Leaders||Cmp/Att||Yards||TD|
|Dordt Receiving Leaders||Catches||Yards||TD|
|Sam Du Mez||2||35||0|
|Joey Vander Schaaf||1||17||0|
|Opponent Receiving Leaders||Catches||Yards||TD|
|Reed Van Hulzen||4||47||0|
|Kevin Vander Schaaf||1||13||0|
|Dordt Tackles Leaders||Solo||Assists|
|Opponent Tackles Leaders||Solo||Assists|
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