The Dordt College Defender football team lost a 30-21 decision to Hastings College on Saturday, November 8 in the home finale for the Defenders.<p>
Dordt never led, but kept it close through out, and had the football in the fourth quarter down by a score. A late field goal by the visitors put them ahead by two scores and changed the complexion of the contest and ended up being enough for Hastings to survive the upset bid.<p>
Hastings scored twice on possessions set up by Dordt College turnovers. A 48 yard drive that ended with a Jason Gaines to Austin Curlee nine yard touchdown pass with 1:09 left in the first quarter. The point after was no good and Dordt trailed 6-0. The possession started after Dordt threw an interception near midfield.<p>
Dordt fumbled early in the second quarter at its own 41 yard line and Hastings scored six plays later on a Gaines to Jacob Reynoso 25 yard touchdown pass. <p>
Down 13-0, Dordt responded on the next drive. Trai Pickney raced 21 yards for the score with 8:45 left in the half on play after Daniel Fennig took a handoff up the middle and ran 44 yards to get deep in Hastings territory.<p>
The two teams exchanged scores on the next two possessions with Michael Shumacher making a two yard grab for a Hastings score with 5:11 left in the half. Dordt had an answer with Taylan Seaman finding a seam from the six yard line and carried it in for the score with 1:31 left in the half and the Defenders were down 20-14 at halftime.<p>
Dordt was unable to move the ball on the opening possession of the second half and Hastings moved 57 yards on ten plays on their first possession and took a 27-14 lead on a one yard touchdown run with 10:02 left in the third period.<p>
Neither team scored the rest of the quarter with Dordt breaking through with 14:17 left in the game on a Damani Roberts seven yard run. The drive covered 46 yards and took seven plays and Dordt had the gap narrowed to 27-21.
<p>The Dordt defense forced a Hastings punt on the next series but the Dordt offense was unable to move the ball. Hastings eventually put the game out of reach with a 20 yard field goal with 8:06 remaining and Dordt turned the ball over on downs on the next possession in Hastings territory and the Broncos were able to run out most of the clock in securing its fifth win of the season.<p>
Dordt was outgained 369-367 and piled up 319 yards on the ground behind Taylan Seaman’s 142 yards on 25 carries. Daniel Fennig carried 12 times for 78 yards and Trai Pickney had nine carries for 40 yards. Seaman completed four passes—two each to Rocklen Mouw and Trai Pickney for 29 and 19 yards each.<p>
Hastings was led by Jake Fowler’s 105 yards on 20 carries and Jason Gaines completed 19-35 passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns. Jacob Reynoso had five catches for 56 yards and Trevor Bohn had three catches for 57 yards.<p>
Cole McClain had five solo and four assisted stops and Alex Vasquez had five solo and two assisted stops for Dordt. <p>
Joe Taulaki had five solo tackles with three assisted tackles.<p>
Hastings is 5-4 overall and 4-4 in the GPAC and Dordt is 2-8 overall and 1-7 in the league. Dordt concludes its season against Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, South Dakota on Saturday, November 15.