Men's Varsity Football vs. Nebraska Wesleyan

W 24-20

1:00 PM - Saturday, October 18, 2014
Sioux Center, Iowa
Non-conference Match


The Dordt College Defender football team came from behind twice to earn their first win of the Great Plains Athletic Conference season Saturday at Open Space Park in Sioux Center. The Defenders earned the win while employing a time-consuming ground attack that limited possessions and gave the Defenders a 24-20 win at home over the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves. <p>
The visitors scored first when Tyler Francis found Brooks Erhart for a seven yard touchdown pass to finish a 10 play, 58 yard drive that was set up by an interception thrown by the Defenders at the Nebraska Wesleyan 20 yard line and was returned to the Prairie Wolf 42 yard line. <p>
The Defenders wasted little time in evening the score as Taylan Seaman found Jason Miller for an 82 yard pass and catch on Dordt’s second play from scrimmage on the ensuing drive, leveling the contest at 7-7 after the extra point with 2:57 left in the first quarter.<p>
Wesleyan was forced to punt after the next drive stalled at the Dordt 37 after two incomplete passes on second and third down. Starting at their own 20, the Defenders marched to the Wesleyan one yard line where they settled for a field goal on fourth and goal. Kevin Giese’s 17 yard field goal was good and Dordt had a 10-7 lead with 11:13 left in the half. The big play in the drive came when Seaman found Miller for a 51 yard pass play that swung the field position battle and went from the Dordt 39 to the Wesleyan 10.<p>
Wesleyan couldn’t sustain a drive on the ensuing series and Dordt took over at its own 19. This time the Defenders relied heavily the run, mixing in four pass plays out of 16 plays. Two of the passes were completions on third down conversions. The first was an eight yard pass from Seaman to Miller and the other was a 15 yard pick up from Seaman to Rocklen Mouw. The Defenders also converted a fourth and one play near midfield as Damani Roberts ran for six yards on the play to extend the drive that eventually ended with Andre Williams getting into the end zone on first down and goal to go from the one yard line. Dordt chewed up 7:23 on the clock and left Wesleyan little time to try and dent the 17-7 lead.<p>
Wesleyan struck first in the second half with an eight play, 79 yard drive that ended with a Francis to Connor Zumpf 15 yard completion with 6:23 left in the third quarter. <p>
Neither team was able to sustain a drive on the next two possessions, but Wesleyan eventually got its offense going when Dordt fumbled a Wesleyan punt at their own 10 yard line. With the short field, Wesleyan converted on third and goal from the four with Francis finding Ryan Larsen for a touchdown with 13:20 left in the game. Francis made the play with two Defenders draped on him.<p>
Trailing 20-17 the Defenders responded with a ten play, 89 yard drive. Mouw again caught a pass for a first down and Miller was on the receiving end of a 23 pass play to get the Defenders into a manageable second and two situation after a personal foul penalty on first down pushed the ball to the Dordt 23. Xavier Caffee had a carry to the Wesleyan 35 for a 16 yard pick up and Seaman completed a pass to Mouw again for a 14 yard gain to the Wesleyan 21. Caffee then finished the drive with a 21 yard scamper that gave the Defenders the lead for good with 7:16 left in the game.<p>
Wesleyan’s next drive resulted in an interception by James Vander Schaaf after Anthony Surour tipped the Francis pass in the air. Dordt’s ensuing drive stalled with 2:43 remaining and Heath Bonestroo punted. On the first play of the drive Dordt forced another turnover as Surour stepped in front of a Francis pass and the Defenders sealed the win with a first down and Wesleyan couldn’t stop the clock, having used all of their timeouts on the previous Dordt drive.<p>
Dordt outgained the Prairie Wolves 432-327 and had 216 yards rushing and 216 passing. Wesleyan gained 47 yards on the ground and had 280 passing yards. Dordt run 66 plays from scrimmage and had the football for 34:25 of the game including nearly 19 minutes in the second half.<p>
Xavier Caffee ran for 97 yards on 14 carries and Loken Vande Vegte got 12 carries for 53 yards. Damani Roberts got three carries for 25 yards. Seaman was 8-15 passing for 216 yards and Miller caught five passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. Rocklen Mouw had three catches for 45 yards. <p>
Cole McClain was in on seven tackles and PJ Trammell five. Curtis Emery had Dordt’s lone sack.<p>
Wesleyan’s Tyler Francis was 24-40 passing with three touchdowns and 280 yards. Connor Zumpfe caught five passes for 79 yards with a touchdown. Ryan Larsen and Joel Wiedel each had four catches for 53 and 28 yards respectively.<p>
Dordt is 2-5 overall and 1-4 in the GPAC and will face Northwestern next Saturday in Orange City. Wesleyan falls to 2-4 in the GPAC and 2-5 overall and will have a bye week this week.