Dordt College News

Dordt Football Travels To Concordia Saturday

September 19, 2012

ON THE DOCKET… Dordt College travels to Seward, Nebraska to face Concordia on Saturday, September 22.   The game will kick off at 1:00.  You can hear the game on KDCR 88.5 FM and live on the world wide web at  Results at the end of the game can be found online at ; and you can follow us on Twitter at

THE FOE…Concordia is 0-3 this season and 0-2 in the GPAC with conference losses to Dakota Wesleyan and Hastings.
The Bulldogs are averaging 28.7 points per game and allow 35 points per outing through three games.  Teams are gaining 176 yards on the ground and throwing for 240 against Concordia while the Bulldogs are rushing for 131 yards and passing for 211.  All totaled the Bulldogs are gaining 343 yards on offense and giving up 416 per game.

Von Thomas has run for 196 yards on 33 carries this season with a 5.9 yards per rush average.  Aaron Gillory has run for 96 yards on 34 carries and Victor Brown has 24 rushes for 85 yards.  Thomas has also passed for 634 yards on 55-110 passing.  Jeff Balz and Noah Smith have 12 and ten catches respectively for 152 and 140 yards. 
The Bulldogs have turned the ball over ten times to seven times for opponents.

Derek Blessing has 17 solo and eight assisted tackles this season while Ryan Coffey has 13 and nine.  Kyle Little and Tom Malander have one interception each.

Joe Marshall handles the punting with a 40.7 average on eight attempts.

THE DEFENDERS…The Defenders are 0-3 this season with conference losses to Hastings and Midland. 
Dordt has been outscored 89-21 so far this season and has 200 rushing yards per game while opponents have a 243 average.  Dordt has allowed 461 yards per game while gaining 273.  The Defenders have forced six turnovers while opponents have gotten six away from Dordt.

Lenard Manuel has gained 127 yards on 17 carries for a 7.5 average.  Bryce Rusler has 117 yards gained on 142 carries and Trai Pickney has 17 attempts for 94 yards.    Rusler has completed ten passes for 74 yards while Kyle Henricks has completed 11 passes for 147 yards.  David Griess has seven catches for 57 yards and Pickney has three catches for 82 yards.

Seth Vande Voort leads Dordt with 17 solo tackles and 10 assisted stops with three tackles for loss.  Sam Ashmore has 15 solo stops with 11 assists and a sack.  Vanoy Harris has 15 solo tackles and Anthony Hallum 11.  Raymond Cleveland has two interceptions and 12 solo tackles with two passes broken up.

Darryl Van Grouw has a 36.8 punting average after 19 attempts.

THE LAST TIME THEY PLAYED… Concordia lost to Hastings 34-26 on Saturday in Hastings.  The Bulldogs had 88 yards of rushing offense from Thomas and he passed for 273 yards with a touchdown and an interception.  Balz caught eight passes for 69 yards and a touchdown.  The  Bulldogs gained 429 yards but gave up 445.

Dordt lost a 26-7 decision at Midland, giving up three touchdowns in the third period.  Dordt’s score came late on a Kyle Henricks plunge into the end zone with 6:32 left in the game.

Dordt was outgained 417-291  while gaining 193 yards on the ground.  Lenard Manuel had 56 yards rushing on 11 totes and Pickney had 33 yards on four carries.  Henricks completed five passes for 79 yards and Rusler had two completions for 19 yards.  Griess had two catches for 21 yards and Pickney has 42 yards on two catches.
Sam Ashmore had five solo and seven assisted tackles and Raymond Cleveland had six solo and four assisted stops with  one interception.  Josh Nollmeyer has six solo tackles and Seth Vande Voort got four solo tackles with five assisted stops.

HISTORY… Concordia leads the series 3-1 and beat Dordt in Sioux Center on September 24, 21-7.   Dordt had a 7-0 lead after Sam Du Mez caught a 12 yard pass with 00:24 left in the half.  Concordia scored three touchdowns in the final 4:34 of the third quarter to win it 21-7.  Derrick Blessing ran for 111 yards on five carries.  Cohl Tufford was 13-19 passing for 148 yards and Jamarcus Walker had three catches for 24 yards.  Justin Knot had seven rushes for Dordt for 38 yards.  Knot was 19-40 passing for 247 yards and Du Mez caught nine passes for 164 yards.

AROUND THE CORNER… Concordia will go to Dakota State for a non-conference game while Dordt will host Briar Cliff on September 29..
Dakota Wesleyan 2-0/3-0
Morningside 2-0/3-0
Hastings 2-0/2-0
Midland 2-0/2-0
Northwestern 2-1/2-1
Doane 1-1/2-1

Nebraska Wesleyan 0-2/1-2

Briar Cliff 0-2/0-3
Concordia 0-2/0-3
Dordt 0-2/0-3

Saturday, August 25
Benedictine def. Concordia (NC) 45-37

Thursday, August 30
Morningside College def. Valley City State University 49-7 (NC)
Northwestern College def.  Southwestern College 49- 0

Saturday, September 1
Doane College def.  Briar Cliff University 41-28
Nebraska Wesleyan University def.  University of St. Mary 25-20
Waldorf College def.  Dordt College 43-7
Dakota Wesleyan University def.  Dakota State University 41-14

Saturday, September 8
Midland University def.  Nebraska Wesleyan University 7-3
Graceland University def. Briar Cliff University 24-17
Dakota Wesleyan University def.  Concordia University 26-23
Hastings College def.  Dordt College 20-7
Morningside College def.  Northwestern College 34-7
Doane College def. Dakota State University 35-14

Saturday, September 15
Dakota Wesleyan University def.  Briar Cliff University 24-13
Midland University def.  Dordt College26-7
Northwestern College def. Doane College 28-14
Morningside College def.  Nebraska Wesleyan University 35-10
Hastings College def.  Concordia University 34-26

Saturday, September 22
Hastings @ Briar Cliff
Midland @ Morningside
Dordt @ Concordia
Nebraska Wesleyan @ Doane
Dakota State @ Northwestern (NC)

Saturday, September 29
Briar Cliff @ Dordt College
Doane @ Midland
Dakota Wesleyan @ Hastings
Northwestern @ Nebraska Wesleyan
Concordia @ Dakota State (NC)

Saturday, October 6
Concordia @ Briar Cliff
Morningside @ Doane
Dordt @ Dakota Wesleyan
Midland @ Northwestern
Hastings @ Dakota State (NC)

Saturday, October 13
Northwestern @ Concordia
Nebraska Wesleyan @ Dordt College
Dakota Wesleyan @ Morningside
Hastings @ Midland
Dakota State @ Briar Cliff (NC)

Saturday, October 20
Briar Cliff @ Northwestern
Morningside @ Hastings
Concordia @ Nebraska Wesleyan
Doane @ Dakota Wesleyan
Dakota State @ Dordt (NC)
Midland @ Mayville State (NC)

Saturday, October 27
Dordt @ Morningside
Nebraska Wesleyan @ Briar Cliff
Midland @ Concordia
Hastings @ Doane
Northwestern @ Dakota Wesleyan

Saturday, November 3
Doane @ Dordt College
Briar Cliff @ Midland
Concordia @ Morningside
Dakota Wesleyan @ Nebraska Wesleyan
Northwestern @ Hastings

Saturday, November 10
Dordt @ Northwestern
Morningside @ Briar Cliff
Midland @ Dakota Wesleyan
Concordia @ Doane
Nebraska Wesleyan @ Hastings

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