Dakota Wesleyan defeats Dordt 42-37
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College football team was unable to hold a brief fourth quarter lead and fell to the no. 16 ranked Dakota Wesleyan Tigers in Great Plains Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon in Sioux Center, Iowa. The Tigers got a touchdown with less than two minutes remaining to secure the win 42-37.
Wesleyan started the scoring with 26 yard pass from Dillon Turner to Dustin Livingston with 3:47 left int the first half but Dordt answered shortly after with Bryce Lidtka racing 65 yards for a touchdown on the third play of the ensuing possession. The point after try was blocked and Dordt trailed 7-6.
Chase Murphy knocked a 32 yard field goal through for the Tigers just before the first quarter came to an end and Jonathan Withrow scored on a six yard run to finish a five play, 55 yard drive for a 16-6 Wesleyan lead.
Dordt had just enough time to march 42 yards and it was Lidtka again getting into the end zone for the score, this time on a one yard plunge with under a minute to go in the half. The two point conversion was good and Dordt trailed 16-14 at halftime. The Dordt drive was set up by a Gerrit Wybenga return to the Wesleyan 47. Wesleyan almost added a score of its own when the Tigers marched to the Dordt 24 but a Joey Lovetere interception stopped the drive and got the game to halftime 16-14.
The second half had even more offense. Wesleyan scored on a five play, 65 yard drive but Dordt answered with a five play, 60 yard drive of its own, finishing with a Lamle to Jason Miller 46 yard pass with 11:15 left in the third.
Down 23-22, the Defenders attempted an onside kick and Wesleyan recovered it and after a penalty, scored on a 31 yard pass and catch from Turner to Kodi Larson for a score and a 30-22 lead.
Wesleyan added one more score, a four yard run by Turner with 4:25 left in the quarter for a 36-22 lead.
Dordt had an answer, driving the length of the field but the drive stalled at the goal line with an interception. The Dordt defense then forced a fumble at the Wesleyan 18 yard line that Alex Watson recovered and Lidtka ran it in from the goal line with 13:14 left in the game.
Dordt’s defense forced Wesleyan to punt on the ensuing possession and got the ball back at the 16 yard line. This time Dordt took nearly four minutes off the clock and marched the needed 84 yards for a score as Lidtka ran it in from six yards out for his fourth touchdown of the game and Dordt took the lead 37-36 on a point after by Brett Gaines.
Wesleyan was able to use the remaining 5:39, scoring with 1:22 left in the game on a Turner to Dustin Livingston 41 yard pass and catch and the Defenders turned it over on downs on the next drive, allowing Wesleyan to escape with the win.
-Dordt gained 244 yards on the ground and 134 in the air for 378 total. Wesleyan ran for 319 yards and passed for 402 for 721 total.
-Bryce Lidtka ran for 174 yards on 32 carries and scored four touchdowns.
-Brock Lamle ran for 46 yards on 10 carries and was 7-19 passing for 134 yards and a touchdown.
-Jason Miller caught six passes for 108 yards and Jake Dodge caught two for 14.
-Dillon Turner completed 31-39 passes for 402 yards and ran 22 times for 204 yards for Wesleyan.
-Jonathon Withrow had 16 carries for 66 yards.
-Turner’s favorite targets were Hayden Adams and Dustin Livingston who caught 13 and nine passes respectively for 153 yards each. Kodi Larson had five catches for Wesleyan for 59 yards.
-Arie Hoekstra was Dordt’s leading tackler with 11 solo and four assisted tackles and he had one forced fumble.
-Joey Lovetere had 12 solo tackles with a fumble recovery and an interception.
-Alex Watson and Tyson Dahlgrin each ahd one fumble recovery and Marcus Whipper had eight solo tackles.
-Lidtka established a new single season rushing record for Dordt and currently has 880, breaking the previous mark of 854 held by Loken Vande Vegte (2015).
-Jason Miller has over 700 yards of receiving this season and now holds single season marks for pass catching yardage and receptions.
-Dordt is 3-3 overall and 1-3 in the GPAC. Dakota Wesleyan is 4-2 and 2-1.
-Dordt will face Northwestern in Sioux Center on October 15 at 1:00.
COACH JOEL PENNER SAID
“When you put your heart into a game like our guys did today it is hard to swallow defeat. I was proud of the effort today but like most weeks there will be plenty of things we will address in films. There is no quit in our guys and that aspect of our culture is showing up more and more.”
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Dakota Wesleyan def. Dordt 42-37