The Dordt College football season came to a close on a snowy and cold day in Mitchell, South Dakota on Saturday, November 15. The hosts, Dakota Wesleyan, won the game 40-14, pulling away from a 27-14 advantage midway through the fourth quarter to force their seventh win of the season.
Wesleyan took the lead 7-0 on a Francois Barnaud one yard touchdown run with 8:45 left in the first quarter. The run came after Wesleyan’s coareer rushing leader ran 69 yards to the one yard line. The drive started after Dordt’s attempt at a fourth down conversion at the Wesleyan 30 was short.<p>
Dordt moved the ball with success on the next drive and again turned it over on a fourth down try.<p>
Wesleyan added to its lead with an 80 yard drive capped by a Hayden Adams 37 yard pass reception on a play action pass from Dillon Turner. With 5:04 remaining in the half. <p>
Dordt gave the Tigers their next points on a safety as Dordt’s punter, Heath Bonestroo was unable to field a high snap in the Defender end zone and the ball squirted through his hands and into the snowbank behind the goalpost. Wesleyan tacked on one more score on another Porter to Adams pass for 25 yards and a 21-0 halftime lead.<p>
Wesleyan nearly ran away with the game as Dustin Livingston ran a Bonestroo punt back 70 yards for a score with 10:39 left in the third quarter.<p>
Dordt came to life using a punishing running game led by Lenard Manuel. Manuel, playing both ways at defensive end and running back, plowed into the end zone from 11 yards out to cap a 70 yard drive with 1:01 left in the third quarter. Dordt then recovered an onside kick and marched 51 yards on 14 plays over the next 7:19 and trailed 27-14 after Kevin Giese’s second point after split the uprights.<p>
Dordt tried a short kick over the Wesleyan hands team on the kickoff but Dordt was offside and Wesleyan took the following possession in for a score as Livingston scored on a 40 yard pass play from Turner. The Tigers put the game away with 3:07 remaining as Barnaud ran 13 yards for the score to cap the scoring.<p>
Dordt ran for 264 yards to Wesleyan’s 256. Dordt did not complete a pass while Wesleyan had 367 total yards of offense. <p>
Manuel had 117 yards rushing on 22 carries while Fennig had 24 carries for 84 yards. Trai Pickney added 35 yards on 12 carries.<p>
Barnaud ran for 216 yards on 23 carries and Turner completed 5-9 passes for 111 yards. Hayden Adams was the only player to catch more than one pass and had two catches for 62 yards.<p>
Logan Schoonhoven had six tackles for the Defenders and Alex Vasquez had four. Camren Pitre and Cole McClain each had three tackles.<p>
Anthony Cervantes led Wesleyan with 10 total tackles and Adam Bromann, Brady Mudder and Brady Bonte all had 11 tackles.<p>
Dordt finishes the year 2-9 overall and 1-8 in GPAC play while Wesleyan is 7-4 overall and 5-4 in the GPAC.