Men's Varsity Football vs. Northwestern

L 17-46

1:30 PM - Saturday, October 25, 2014
Orange City, Iowa
Non-conference Match


The Northwestern Red Raider football team took advantage of short drives of seven, 29 and 18 yards to forge a 46-17 win over the Dordt College Defenders on Saturday in Orange City, Iowa. The Raiders scored 16 unanswered to pull away from a 30-14 advantage to take the eventual 29 point win.<p>
Northwestern scored first after Dordt’s initial drive stalled and the Defenders were forced to punt. Northwestern went 54 yards on seven plays for the 6-0 lead with Craig Bruinsma finding Landon Johnson for the first of two touchdown catches on the afternoon. <p>
Northwestern capitalized on a seven yard drive after Caleb De Haan interception with 9:08 left in the quarter as Ben Green caught a pass from Bruinsma on first play of the drive and the hosts were up 13-0.<p>
Dordt showed signs of life with an eight play, 83 yard drive on the next possession. Dordt eventually scored as Taylan Seaman called his own number and raced in from 28 yards out and Dordt was down 13-7. Dordt forced a turnover early in the second quarter and had the ball at the Northwestern ten before fumbling an option pitch and Northwestern had averted trouble.<p>
Northwestern eventually broke through for two scores in the closing minutes of the first half. A punt return to the Dordt 29 set up a four play drive that was finished by another Bruinsma to Green short completion of four yards. Then with 1:02 left in the first half Northwestern used 1:01 to go 49 yards and it was Riley catching a Bruinsma pass and avoiding tacklers for a 32 yard scoring play just before the half and made the score 27-7.<p>
Northwestern got a 42 yard field goal early in the third quarter to extend the lead to 30-7 but Dordt went 25 yards later in the quarter after Northwestern fumbled a punt in its own territory. Seaman charged in from the one yard line to make the score 30-16. The big play in the drive was a Daniel Fennig carry for 15 yards on fourth and one from the 16 yard line.<p>
Northwestern scored touchdowns at the 14:40 and 12:20 marks to lead 44-14 and Kevin Giese capped Dordt’s scoring with a 46 yard field goal with 8:28 left in the game. Northwestern’s final points came via a safety with 5:02 left in the game.<p>
Dordt was outgained 370-213 with 158 yards on the ground and 55 in the air. Northwestern had 150 yards rushing and 220 passing.<p>
Loken Vande Vegte ran for 66 yards on 15 carries and Daniel Fennig had seven carries for 43 yards. Seaman completed two passes, one each to Jason Miller and Damani Roberts for 37 and 18 yards. <p>
Northwestern’s Jessie Riley had 95 yards on 14 carries and Paul Hutson had four carries for 23 yards. Craig Bruinsma was 18-28 passing with four touchdowns. Landon Johnson and Ben Green each had five catches for two touchdowns a piece. Johnson had 87 yards receiving and Green had 58. <p>
Vanoy Harris had ten tackles while Cole McClain had eight tackles and Lenard Manuel had six tackles and two were sacks. Nick Payton and Fennig each had fumble recoveries and Matt Albert intercepted his second pass of the season. <p>
Northwestern was topped by Greg Hegstad with nine tackles and Caleb De Haan had six.<p>Dordt is 1-5 in the GPAC and 2-6 overall and will host Doane (4-2/4-3) on Saturday, November 1. Doane overcame a 20-3 deficit against Concordia on Saturday for a 23-20 win.