The Dordt College Defender football team lost a 48-10 Great Plains Athletic Conference game to Northwestern on Saturday afternoon in Sioux Center. The visitors scored 34 unanswered points after Dordt had cut the lead to 14-10 in the second quarter. <p>
Northwestern struck quickly in the first quarter with Paul Hutson racing 51 yards on Northwestern’s first possession. Northwestern scored again on a Davis Bloemendaal six yard to cap a 43 yard drive at the 10:22 mark of the first quarter and it looked like the Raiders were going to run away with it.<p>Dordt regrouped and put together a drive that stalled inside the Northwestern 30. A Barry Dykstra field goal attempt from 40 yards had the distance but was wide right into the wind. Dordt got on the board with 14:57 left in the first half when Lenard Manuel pushed in from two yards out to cap a nine play, 75 yard drive. <p>
Dordt successfully moved the ball into Northwestern territory on its next possession and lined up for a field goal attempt but tried a shovel pass on the play and it came up short and Dordt turned it over on downs.<p>After the defense held and Dordt got the ball back, the Defenders marched in to Northwestern territory and this time settled for a 20 yard field goal that made it 14-10 when Dordt faced fourth and goal at the three.<p>
Northwestern swung the momentum into its favor with an 11 play, 87 yard drive that culminated with a Bloemendaal to Bryce Byker 17 yard touchdown pass with 3:33 left in the half. Northwestern got one more score when the defense forced Dordt to punt from deep in their own territory and Bloemendaal found Jacey Hoegh for a 19 yard pass completion with less than a minute remaining in the half.<p>Northwestern’s Ben Green scored on pass plays of 15 and 41 yards in the third quarter and Bloemendaal found Byker for a 71 yard pass and run with 4:58 left in the game to finish the scoring at 48-10.<p>Dordt had 272 yards of offense to 442 for Northwestern. Dordt had 125 yards on the ground and 147 in the air while Northwestern had 207 rushing yards and 235 in the air. Dordt had the football for just over 36 minutes while Northwestern held on to it for nearly 24 minutes. Northwestern was penalized nine times for 88 yards to Dordt’s six for 28 yards.<p>Lenard Manuel had 37 yards on 12 carries and Trai Pickney had 25 yards on five carries. Daniel Fennig ran for 24 yards on six tries. Zach Barker was 10-18 passing for 148 yards with Darryl Van Grouw catching five balls for 84 yards and Sam Verhulst had four catches for 53 yards. <p>Paul Hutson had 13 carries for Northwestern and 125 yards while Jessie Riley had eight rushes for 35 yards. Bloemendaal was 10-18 passing for 235 yards and five touchdowns. Byker caught three passes for 102 yards and Green had three catches for 64 yards. <p>Vanoy Harris was in on ten tackles and Seth Vande Voort eight while Jonathan Gardner had seven stops along with Jake Atkinson. <p>Isaiah Twitty had seven tackles and two sacks. Nate Van Ginkel had seven tackles and Greg Hegstad was in on eight tackles.<p>Dordt will travel to Doane on Saturday, November 2. Dordt is 0-6 in the GPAC and 2-6 overall. Northwestern is 4-2 in the GPAC and 5-2 overall.