Briar Cliff defeated Dordt 38-28
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College made a spirited second half effort but ended up on the short end of a 38-28 football score on Saturday, September 26 at the Dakota Dome on the campus of the University of South Dakota.
Dordt never led as Briar Cliff took the opening kickoff and marched 70 yards on 15 plays and Mitche Heikes took it over from four yards out for a 7-0 lead.
After a Dordt punt the Chargers went 67 yards on six plays and capped the drive with a pass play for a 14-0 lead with 3:30 left in the game.
The Defenders had an answer as Loken Vande Vegte ran nine yards for a score as the Defenders put together an extended drive of their own of eight plays and 73 yards. The score came on the first play of the second quarter.
Briar Cliff’s next drive resulted in a 29 yard field goal and the Defenders looked poised to make up some ground but a pass into the flat intended for Jason Miller was tipped in the air and caught by Briar Cliff’s Patrick Hall and Briar Cliff proceeded to march 59 yards for a 24-7 lead.
Dordt did threaten late in the second quarter with a drive to the Charger 15 but Dordt turned it over on downs to effectively end the half.
Dordt’s first drive of the second half had Vande Vegte scoring his second touchdown of the day as he got a carry on seven of Dordt’s 10 plays. His two yard plunge narrowed the score to 24-14.
The Chargers scored again on a 59 yard drive to go up 31-14 and Dordt was forced to punt on the next series. Briar Cliff was unable to move the ball and lined up for a punt that was blocked by Cole McClain. The ball bounded to the goal line from the 36 yard line. Curtis Emery successfully derailed the Briar Cliff punter, Jacob Diaz, and McClain pounced on the ball for a touchdown with 2:29 left in the third quarter.
The play sparked an odd sequence as Briar Cliff took the kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown as Lavon Wright neutralized the momentum.
Dordt tried to answer with Reggie Washington rushing 33 yards on the first play from scrimmage after the next kickoff and a Briar Cliff penalty negated a fumble at the end of the run. Vande Vegte eventually scored on a six yard run, his third touchdown of the game to make it 38-28.
For all the fireworks at the end of the third quarter, the fourth quarter had no scoring as Briar Cliff played it close to the vest on two possessions and Dordt stalled out on their only drive of the quarter at the Briar Cliff 33.
-Dordt gained 292 yards on the ground on 48 rushes and Briar Cliff had 323 yards on the ground.
-Dordt had 350 total yards of offense and Briar Cliff had 419.
-Briar Cliff controlled the clock and ball for 32:12 to Dordt’s 27:48
-Loken Vande Vegte ran for 114 yards on 24 carries. It’s the second game in row Vande Vegte has run for over 100 yards.
-Xavier Caffee had seven carries for 65 yards and Andre Williams and Reggie Washington had 48 and 47 yards rushing.
-Jason Miller had three catches for 21 yards and Caffee had two for 25 yards for Dordt.
-Mitch Heikes and Noah Ylagan had 195 and 127 yards respectively for Briar Cliff.
-Josiah Kotte was Dordt’s leading tackler with 10 solo and four assisted stops. Alex Vasquez had three and nine.
-Dordt is 0-4 overall and 0-3 in the GPAC. Briar Cliff improves to 2-1 in the GPAC and 3-2 overall.
-Dordt returns home to face Concordia on October 3 and Trinity Bible College on October 10.
COACH YOUNGBLOOD SAYS
"Our guys were resilient and gave themselves and opportunity for a great comeback but we failed to stop the run and did not finish some drives with points."