Concordia defeats Dordt 34-21
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt struck first but 24 unanswered points by the visiting Concordia Bulldogs in GPAC football play on Saturday afternoon in Sioux Center propelled the Bulldogs to a 34-21 win.
Dordt scored on its first play from scrimmage when Xavier Caffee raced 70 yards after getting to the edge on a toss play and the ensuing point after by Jake Brouwer made it 7-0.
Concordia answered with a drive that ended with a 29 yard field goal by Adam Meirose. The Bulldogs followed that with a defensive stop and a 72 yard drive later the Bulldogs went ahead 10-7 with TJ Austin taking the ball over from six yards out for Concordia’s first touchdown of the game.
Dordt eventually responded with Jason Miller setting up a scoring drive with a punt return to the Concordia 41. Again it was Caffee finding paydirt with a six yard run to cap the drive and give Dordt a 14-10 lead after Brouwer hit another point after.
Concordia added two touchdowns to close the half on drives of 95 and 75 yards respectively. The Bulldogs went to the air to score both touchdowns with receptions by Carey Harrison and Jared Garcia.
Meirose made a 29 yard field goal to start the scoring in the third quarter and Trae Owens caught a scoring pass with 6:40 left in the third quarter to end the 24 point run.
Dordt finished the scoring with a 29 yard pass from Reggie Washington to cap a nine play, 65 yard drive to finish the scoring. Concordia recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock to end the game.
-Dordt ran for 198 yards and passed for 99 for 297 yards on 67 plays. Concordia entered play allowing just 86 yards per game on the ground.
-Concordia featured a 317 yard ground attack and passed for 105 yards for 422 yards on 66 plays.
-Dordt had a 32:00-28:00 time of possession advantage.
-Caffee ran for 74 yards on nine carries and scored two touchdowns.
-Caffee’s 70 yard run from scrimmage is the second longest in Dordt history to Trai Pickney’s 71 yard run against Dakota State in 2014.
-Loken Vande Vegte ran for 47 yards on 11 carries after becoming the first Dordt College player to rush for 100 yards in back to back games.
-Bryce Lidtka ran nine times for 45 yards in his first action since week two.
-Taylan Seaman completed five passes for 62 yards and Reggie Washington was 3-4 for 45 yards.
-Jason Miller caught seven passes for 95 yards and returned three punts for 49 yards.
-Concordia’s Bryce Collins and TJ Austin ran for 156 and 105 yards respectively on 20 and 14 rushes. Austin also was 6-13 passing for 77 yards.
-Seven different Bulldogs had at least one catch.
-Matt Albert had eight solo tackles and Josiah Kotte had four solo and four assisted tackles.
-Ben Bajema had five solo and four assisted tackles with three tackles for loss.
-Dordt is now 0-4 in the GPAC and 0-5 overall while Concordia is 2-1 in the GPAC and 3-1 overall. Dordt will face Trinity Bible on Saturday, October 10 in its next action.
COACH YOUNGBLOOD SAYS
"Our guys competed well and did some good things against a good opponent," said Dordt College coach Greg Younglood. "Our defense only gave up ten points in the second half and our offense had 297 yards and 21 points against the top ranked defense in the NAIA coming in. We are getting better and are on the right path."
Hastings College 44, Briar Cliff University 31
Doane College 44, Nebraska Wesleyan University 7
Concordia University 34, Dordt College 21
Morningside College 27, Northwestern College 7