Dordt defeats Midland 24-17.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College overcame early troubles to defeat Midland in GPAC football Saturday afternoon in Sioux Center, Iowa.
The Defenders fumbled on their second play from scrimmage to start the game but the defense allowed just a field goal attempt on a drive that started at the Dordt 35. Tucker Milliken’s field goal 25 yard field goal was good and Midland had a 3-0 lead.
Midland had a chance to take advantage early as Dordt mishandled the ensuing kickoff as it hung up in the breeze and fell in front of the Dordt deep returners and Midland recovered it near the sideline to set up field position at the Dordt 20. The Dordt defense again held and forced Midland into a field goal try that was wide and Dordt escaped the two possessions to trail just 3-0.
The Defenders responded on the ensuing drive as they marched 80 yards on nine running plays. Xavier Caffee had a run of 15 yards to start the drive and ended the drive with a five run to give Dordt a 7-3 lead after the kick. Dordt never relinquished the lead.
Midland was forced to punt on their next drive and Dordt answered with an 86 yard drive that took 6:17 off the clock and took 14 plays to complete. The longest play from scrimmage on the drive was a 15 yard carry by Caffee. This time it was Reggie Washington who carried it over from two yards out to cap the drive with 10:24 left in the first half.
Midland trailed 14-3 at halftime and embarked on a 10 play, 79 yard drive that took 3:22 off the clock. The score came on a 28 yard pass from Raul Alvarez to Jon Ridout.
Dordt had an answer with a field goal by Jake Brouwer after the drive stalled at the Midland six. The drive was an 18 play excursion that started at the 21 yard line and didn’t had a play longer than eight yards—a run by Loken Vande Vegte.
Midland moved into Dordt territory but an Alvarez pass was picked off by Arie Hoekstra at the Dordt 15. Dordt proceeded to take the football down the field with a 10 play, 85 yard drive and Washington scored on a keeper from 29 yards out to finish the drive. Dordt also had a fake punt in the drive on fourth and eight from their own 29 that Ben Bajema converted on a ramble up the middle for 25 yards.
Leading 24-10 the Defenders forced a turnover on downs at their own 26. Alex Vasquez also picked off a pass after Dordt was forced to punt and Midland finally broke through a seven play, 88 yard drive that made the score 24-17 with :31 left in the game. Dordt recovered the ensuing onside kick and the Defenders ran out the clock.
-Dordt ran for 359 yards and did not complete a pass in two attempts.
-Midland ran for 107 yards and passed for 285.
-Dordt was led by Xavier Caffee’s 106 yards on 18 carries.
-Reggie Washington ran for 87 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in his first start at quarterback.
-Loken Vande Vegte had 20 carries for the Defenders for 78 yards. Bryce Lidtka had nine carries for 49 yards.
-Deon Ranson led Midland’s ground attack with 71 yards on 11 carries.
-Raul Alvarez was 24-40 passing for Midland for 225 yards. His favorite receiver was Hayden Dunn with nine catches for 90 yards. Nine other players caught balls for Midland.
-Arie Hoekstra and Alex Vasquez each had pass interceptions—the first two interceptions of the season for the Defenders.
-Cole McClain led Dordt with seven solo and one assisted tackle and Justin Banks had six solo tackles. Arie Hoekstra and Danny Stevens both made five stops and Ben Bajema had a pair of tackles for loss. Tebi Njilefack had Dordt’s only sack.
-Dordt had a 34:15-25:45 time of possession advantage.
-Dordt converted 3-3 fourth down conversion attempts.
-Midland was limited to 3-14 third down conversion tries and 3-5 fourth down attempts.
-Caffee has now run for over 100 yards in three straight games and is averaging 8.3 yards per carry and has scored seven touchdowns.
-Vande Vegte has run 143 times this season and has 603 rushing yards.
-Dordt ranks in the top-5 in yards rushed per game with an average of 280.
-Dordt is 2-6 overall and 1-5 in the GPAC. Dordt will travel to Doane on Saturday, October 31.
-Midland is 1-5 in the league and 1-7 overall.
COACH YOUNGBLOOD SAYS
"We had solid play in all three phases--offense, defense and special teams. The guys played hard and showed a lot of resiliency,” said Dordt football coach Greg Youngblood.
Morningside College 79, Briar Cliff University 7
Doane College 23, Concordia University 20 (OT)
Dordt College 24, Midland University 17
Dakota Wesleyan University 27, Northwestern College 17