The Dordt College Defender football team lost its home opener on Saturday, September 8 by a 20-7 margin to the Hastings College Broncos. <p>Dordt hung close early when Hastings fumbled a football out of the end zone on its first possession and Anthony Hallum made an interception at the goal line in the second quarter to turn the Broncos away twice. <p>Hastings scored its first touchdown at the 8:45 mark when Trevor Bohn caught a 49 yard pass from John Dostal on the first play of the drive. Bohn was on the receiving end of a 22 yard pass play in the second quarter that made it 14-0 with 8:25 left in the second quarter. <p>The Defenders had a scoring opportunity late in the second quarter when they made it to the Hastings 22 and tried a field goal that was short. Hastings also missed a field goal late in the half when the Dordt defense stopped the Broncos at the 21 yard line.<p>The third quarter was scoreless with Dordt making it as deep as the Hastings 20 before turning the ball over on downs on the first play of the fourth quarter. <p>Hastings put the game out of reach with a touchdown pass to Tyler Mertens that went 51 yards on the third play of a 54 yard drive with 1:58 remaining. <p>Dordt got on the board late in the game when Kyle Henricks engineered an eight play, 75 yard drive, capped by a 13 yard touchdown run by Josh Van Kempen with 00:30 left. Henricks completed five of six pass attempts on the drive to five different players. <p>Dordt was outgained 432-246 while gaining 176 yards on the ground and 70 in the air. Hastings gained 151 yards on the ground and had 281 yards off passes.<p>Lenard Manuel had six carries for 71 yards including a long of 49 yards. Josh Van Kempen had 44 yards on seven carries with a touchdown. Trai Pickney caught two passes for 29 yards and Darryl Van Grouw had one for 21 yards. Van Grouw also punted six times for a 44.7 average. <p>Seth Vande Voort had nine solo and two assisted stops and Vanoy Harris had seven solos and two assisted stops. Sam Ashore had six solo tackles and two assists with three tackles for loss and a quarterback sack. Ray Cleveland got credit for a forced fumble and broke up a pass with four solo tackles. <p>Hastings was led by Keenan Ballage with 100 yards of rushing with 16 carries and John Dostal completed 18-27 passes for 281 yards. Trevor Bohne had six catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns.