Northwestern defeats Dordt in football 47-7.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College played to a near stalemate with Northwestern most of the first half of the GPAC game between the two Sioux County schools before a turnover and touchdown swung the momentum with Northwestern winning the eventual 47-7 decision.
Northwestern started the scoring with a 78 yard drive that took six plays to complete and was capped by a 30 yard pass from Jonathan Kodama to Dominique Williams for a 7-0 lead with 8:31 left in the first quarter.
Dordt answered with an 8 play, 75 yard drive to tie the game as Xavier Caffee raced in from 25 yards out to tie it with the point after. The scoring play was set up after Dordt executed a fake punt on a short snap to Loken Vande Vegte on fourth and 12 and Vande Vegte ran for 22 yards. Caffee scored on the next play.
Northwestern capped the three possession series of scores with a 12 yard run by Kodama that put Northwestern up 14-7.
Dordt looked poised to tie the game late in the first half, getting the ball down to the Northwestern 20, but a fumble by Dordt on an option pitch and a recovery and return of 80 yards by Court Ecklund put Northwestern up 21-7 and the Raiders answered with another score with under a minute left to make it 27-7.
Northwestern put the game out of reach with three scores in the second half. The first was set up by a fumbled kick return on the opening kickoff of the second half. Sam Rall hauled in a 17 yard pass from Kodama for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and Jessie Riley added an eight yard run moments later. Williams hauled in one final pass from 11 yards out to cap the Northwestern scoring with 13:06 remaining.
-Dordt was outgained on the ground 275-208.
-The Defenders had 46 yards passing to Northwestern’s 257.
-Northwestern totaled 532 yards of offense.
-Dordt was led on the ground by Bryce Lidtka with 102 yards on 13 carries.
-Xavier Caffee had seven rushes for 54 yards for Dordt.
-Taylan Seaman was 4-13 passing for 46 yards.
-Jason Miller caught three Seaman passes for Dordt for 39 yards.
-Kyle Brummel made his first catch for Dordt.
-Northwestern got 76 yards on 10 carries by Paul Hutso and Jessie Riley had seven carries for 65 yards.
-Kodama passed for 242 yards on 16-24 passing and he ran for 40 yards on nine carries.
-Sam Rall led Northwestern with eight catches and 115 yards and Williams had five grabs for 68 yards. Both had two touchdown catches.
-Cole McClain had seven solo tackles for Dordt and Matt Albert had six solo tackles and two assists, forced a fumble and had two quarterback sacks. Josiah Kotte was in on six solo tackles.
-Josh Treybal was the Northwestern leading tackler with seven solo and two assisted stops and he had a sack.
-Both teams struggled with penalties. Northwestern was penalized 13 times for 127 yards. Dordt was penalized 14 times for 120 yards.
Dordt will take a 0-2 mark into its game with Morningside on Saturday, September 19.
Northwestern is now 2-0.
Dakota Wesleyan University 55, Briar Cliff University 14
Doane College 31, Midland University 10
Morningside College 86, Nebraska Wesleyan University 10
Northwestern College 47, Dordt College 7
Concordia University 28, Hastings College 3