Dordt defeats Briar Cliff 38-10
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College football team overcame a sluggish first half of play to dominate the second half of action in a 28 point road win over the Briar Cliff Chargers on Saturday afternoon, October 1 in Vermillion, South Dakota.
Dordt made it look easy on the first drive of the game, marching 77 yards on 12 plays and finishing the drive with a four yard run by Keithen Drury with 10:18 left in the first quarter.
The Defenders forced Briar Cliff to punt on the possession and after a six yard Charger punt had the ball at the Briar Cliff 23 yard line. Dordt got all the way to the Briar Cliff nine yard line before a batted pass was intercepted and Briar Cliff dodged the bullet.
The interception gave Briar Cliff energy and the went 88 yards on 15 plays to even the score. The Defender offense struggled the rest of the quarter and most of the second quarter as Briar Cliff got a field goal to take the lead with 9:29 left in the half and missed on another field goal try that would have put them up 13-7.
With less than a minute to go in the first half the Chargers had the ball in their own territory and elected to go to the air. Arie Hoekstra snagged the interception and returned it to the Briar Cliff 36. A Brock Lamle to Bryce Lidtka pass for 18 yards got Dordt to the Briar Cliff 18 and with no time remaining in the half Brett Gaines converted a 35 yard field goal to tie the game.
Briar Cliff had the football to start the second half but Ryan Cisneros picked off a pass at the Briar Cliff 39 and Dordt went 39 yards on nine plays to take the lead 17-10 on a Lidtka one yard run. After three plays and punt the Chargers gave up a 12 play, 90 yard drive to the Defenders with Lidtka going in from two yards out to extend the lead
With the Charger offense faltering Dordt got the ball to start the fourth quarter and marched 57 yards for a drive that took over five minutes off the clock and culminated with a Lamle to Jason Miller two yard reception for a 31-10 lead. Dordt tacked on one final score as Tyson Dahlgrin recovered a fumble at the Briar Cliff 19 and Levi Schoonhoven got five straight carries and scored on a four yard run for the final of 38-10.
-Dordt ran for 269 yards and passed for 76 for 345 total yards. Briar Cliff had 177 yards rushing and 77 passing for 254.
-Lidtka ran for 118 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns. His 11 touchdowns scored are a single season school record.
-Levi Schoonhoven ran for 75 yards on 16 carries and Keithen Drury ran for 57 yards on nine carries.
-Brock Lamle completed nine passes for 76 yards.
-Jason Miller caught six passes for 39 yards and his touchdown catch was his third of the season.
-Joey Lovetere led the defense with six solo and eight assisted tackles.
-Josiah Kotte and Tyson Dahlgrin each had three solo and seven assisted tackles with Dahlgrin getting credit for a sack and a fumble recovery.
-Arie Hoekstra had five solo and four assisted tackles with on interception, hjs second of the season.
-Noah Ylagan ran for 124 yards for Briar Cliff and had over 100 yards at halftime.
-Dordt had the football nearly 20 minutes in the second half.
-Dordt is 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the GPAC. Briar Cliff is 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the GPAC.
-Dordt will host Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday, October 8 in the Defenders' next outing.
COACH JOEL PENNER SAID
“I am proud of our team for putting together a full game. Today also represents a significant benchmark for Dordt football (first conference road win). Defenders past and present have put in years of blood, sweat and tears and today’s win is bigger than just our team today.”
Dordt def. Briar Cliff 38-10
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