Dakota State defeats Dordt 28-24 on Saturday, September 5 in Madison, South Dakota.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College was unable to hold a 13-7 halftime lead and a 21-14 fourth quarter lead in their 28-24 loss to Dakota State in non-conference football.
Dordt controlled much of the game but couldn't get a critical stop late in the contest as Dakota State drove for the winning score with 3:03 left in the contest.
The hosts started the scoring with a five play, 58 yard drive that ended with Daveon Banks going 22 yards for a touchdown with 1:42 left in the first quarter.
Dordt responded almost immediately with Xavier Caffee returning the ensuing kickoff from the Dordt six to the Dakota State 22. The Defenders kept it on the ground and used six plays to march to paydirt with Loken Vande Vegte getting a two yard touchdown run with 13:49 left in the first half.
The two teams exchanged punts with Dordt eventually taking the football from its own 20 with 5:08 left in the half. The Defenders ran Vande Vegte on six of the first ten plays of the drive and got to the Dakota State 30 yard line. Dordt eventually faced second down and 14 and got nine yards on a completion from Taylan Seaman to Jason Miller on the third and five from the 14 yard line Seaman connected with Xavier Caffee for a score and an eventual 13-7 lead.
The Trojans regained the lead midway through the third quarter when Austin Opdahl got free for a 21 yard pass from Jacob Giles with 7:37 left in the third quarter. Dordt again had an answer with Seaman taking it over the goal line to cap a 13 play, 55 yard drive that took 6:28 off the clock and the two-point conversion was good with :59 left and Dordt was up 21-14 after a two-point conversion.
The hosts needed just 1:58 to go 75 yards and tie the game, marking the third consecutive possession that ended with a touchdown for the two teams.
Dordt had to settle for a 40 yard field goal by Jake Brouwer with 7:10 left for a 24-21 advantage and the Trojans marched down the field over the next 4:07 to score the eventual game winner as Jeremy Christner rambled 12 yards to finish the 75 yard drive. Dakota State kept the drive alive with a fourth down conversion just before Christner's score.
Dordt's offense stalled on its final possession and turned the ball over on downs in its own territory and Dakota State ran out the clock.
-Both teams were led by their offenses. Dakota State ran for 302 yards and passed for 82 for 384 yards on 65 plays. Dordt ran for 215 yards and passed for 98 for 313 yards on 80 plays.
-Dordt's ground game was led by Loken Vande Vegte and Bryce Lidtka with 65 yards each on 19 and 16 carries respectively. Xaiver Caffee ran for 37 on eight carries and he caught two passes for 50 yards with a touchdown.
-Taylan Seaman completed 7-11 passes for 98 yards.
-Jason Miller caught five passes for 48 yards.
-Dakota State as led by Jeremy Christner with 24 carries for 166 yards and Austin Opdahl caught two passes for 54 yards.
-Dordt won the time of possession battle 36:51-23:09.
-The game was fairly clean for an early season game with Dakota State absorbing six penalties for 56 yards and Dordt had two for 12 yards.
-Arie Hoekstra and Cole McClain had seven and six solo tackles each and Danny Stevens was in on five solo and three assisted stops. Casey Byker made five solo tackles and Ben Bajema recorded seven total tackles. Alex Vasquez had eight assisted tackles for the Defenders and Tebi Njilefack had a pair of tackles for loss.
-Dakota State was paced by Ben Kullos with nine solo and 11 assisted tackles while Cole Potter had six and six.
“Our guys fought hard and did some good things. We were not able to finish a few drives in the end but I am proud of our effort against a good football team,” said Dordt College coach Greg Youngblood.
CONFERENCE PLAY NEXT
Dordt will host Northwestern in a 6:00 kickoff at Open Space Park in Sioux Center on Saturday, September 12 in the GPAC opener for both teams. Northwestern beat Tabor to open the season.
Dakota State will host Waldorf in a North Star Conference game next Saturday to cap a run of three home games in a row.