Dakota Wesleyan defeats Dordt 48-21
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dakota Wesleyan played with a lead most of the game in taking a 48-21 Great Plains Athletic Conference contest.
Wesleyan scored on an 11 play, 76 yard drive with 5:13 left in the first quarter on a Dillon Turner to Hayden Adams six yard pass. The score came after Dordt had driven into Wesleyan territory but lost a fumble allowing Wesleyan to capitalize.
Wesleyan then scored on the first play of the second quarter to establish a two-score cushion. This time it was Turner to Dustin Livingston for 21 yards to establish a 14-0 lead to finish an eight play, 68 yard drive.
Dordt responded with a scoring drive after Casey Byker picked off a pass over the middle. The Defenders chewed up 78 yards on 12 plays and Reggie Washington kept it for a 16 yard run with 5:43 remaining in the half. The point after was blocked and Dordt trailed 14-6.
Later Dordt would pin Wesleyan deep in their own territory with 1:15 left in the half. Wesleyan executed a hurry-up drive, going 96 yards on eight plays to take a 20-6 lead at halftime.
The lead grew to 27-6 on a seven play, 80 yard drive with 12:33 left in the third quarter.
Dordt had an answer with Xavier Caffee racing 91 yards on the ensuing kickoff and neutralized the momentum and cut the lead to 27-14.
After the Tigers were forced to punt on the ensuing drive, Dordt rode Loken Vande Vegte most of the way for a 77 yard drive. The senior running back got seven rushing attempts and broke into the open field for a 35 yard run to make it a 27-21 lead.
Dordt’s defense forced the visitors to punt and the Defenders looked poised to take the lead. After a first down the Defenders faced third and six at their own 28 and an interception into coverage on the sideline resulted in an interception and the Tigers scored on the possession, taking advantage of the 41 yard field for a Turner to Kodi Larson scoring pass and the Tigers scored on their next two possessions to win 48-21.
-Dordt’s offense produced 369 yards on the ground and 416 total yards.
-Dakota Wesleyan ran for 289 yards and passed for 354 yards for 643 total.
-Vande Vegte ran for 150 yards on 26 carries for Dordt.
-Vande Vegte ends his career with 1,295 rushing yards and 306 total carries which rank 2nd and 3rd all-time at Dordt respectively.
-Vande Vegte established single season records in rushing yards with 838 and 203 carries.
-Washington ran nine times for 97 yards for Dordt and Bryce Lidtka had 17 carries for 96 yards for the Defenders.
-Jason Miller caught three passes for Dordt and had 47 yards on receptions.
-Cole McClain had a team high 12 tackles for Dordt’s defense and Alex Vasquez had ten. Casey Byker and Justin Banks each had seven tackles and Byker had an interception.
-Dakota Wesleyan’s Dillon Turner ran for 151 yards on 12 carries and he passed for 354 yards on 26-33 success with four touchdowns.
-Dordt ends the season with a 2-9 record and a 1-8 GPAC mark—the fourth straight season Dordt has won two games.
-Wesleyan is 7-2 in the league and 9-2 overall.