Midland defeats Dordt 41-33
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College built a 27-9 halftime lead before the Midland Warriors came back to win a 41-33 decision from Dordt in GPAC football on Saturday night in Fremont, Nebraska.
Midland scored on its first possession as the hosts took advantage of Dordt’s drive stalling at the Midland 34 yard line. Deon Ransom ran 22 yards to score and the hosts lead 6-0 after the point after failed.
Dordt wasted little time in responding as Bryce Lidtka went two yards for a touchdown to cap a 75 yard drive. 71 of the yards came on a pitch and catch from Brock Lamle to Jason Miller on the first play of the drive.
Just over a minute later Lidtka found paydirt again as the Defenders made the most of a Midland turnover on the kickoff. This time it was a four yard plunge by Lidtka. The junior wasn’t done as he raced 75 yards early in the second quarter to give the Defenders a 21-6 lead. Midland managed a field goal with 5:00 left in the half but the Defenders weren’t through.
Joey Lovetere picked off a pass at the Dordt eight yard line. A 19 yard carry by Lidtka started the drive and another completion to Miller, this time for 58 yards, set up a ten yard touchdown pass to Miller from Lamle to cap the first half scoring with Dordt up 27-6.
After intermission the Warriors came roaring back. A three play, 80 yard drive and a four play, 55 yard drive got the score down to 27-21.
Dordt tried to fight off the momentum shift with a Lidtka touchdown with 8:22 left in the third quarter to establish a 33-21 lead.
Midland again had an answer with a nine play, 52 yard drive to cut the gap to 33-28.
Dordt turned the ball over on an interception on the first fourth quarter series and Midland went 60 yards for a score on four plays to lead 34-33. A fumble by Dordt on the ensuing series set up another Midland drive and score to get up 41-33. Two out of Dordt’s next three possessions resulted in turnovers and Midland kept the Defenders from moving past midfield and the no. 25 ranked Warriors survived the upset scare.
Both teams moved the ball well on offense. Dordt ran for 265 yards and passed for 309. Midland ran for 343 yards and passed for 189. All totaled Dordt had 574 yards of offense and Midland had 532.
Bryce Lidtka had 208 yards rushing on 31 carries for Dordt. This is the second time this season the Grinnell, Iowa native has run for over 200 yards. Lidtka had four rushing touchdowns.
Brock Lamle tied a school record with 309 yards passing, equaling a total he put up against Dakota State the first week of the season.
Jason Miller caught 10 passes for 267 yards, establishing a new single game record for reception yardage.
Jake Dodge and Keithen Drury had two catches each for 23 and 15 yards.
Gerrit Wybenga and Joey Lovetere had 13 tackles each with Wybenga getting five solo and eight assists and Lovetere had four and nine. Wybenga had a fumble recovery and Lovetere had two interceptions.
Alex Vasquez had one solo and seven assists and Ryan Cisneros had four and three.
Ben Bajema had one sack and two tackles for loss.
Deon Ransom gained 214 yards for Midland on 23 carries.
Dordt is 2-2 overall and 0-2 in GPAC play while Midland is now 5-0 overall and 2-0 in GPAC play.
Dordt travels to face Briar Cliff next week at Vermillion, South Dakota in a 1:00 kickoff.
COACH PENNER SAID
“We tell the guys all the time teams rarely win football games…the other team loses them. Tonight our guys played hard but we lost the turnover battle and the game as a result. Midland showed great character battling back and they deserve a lot of credit for that.”