Dordt def. Hastings 44-43
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College overcame two 12 point deficits to defeat Hastings 44-43 in Hastings, Nebraska on Saturday, October 22 in GPAC play.
The Defenders got on the board with a nine play, 99 yard drive that was capped by a Levi Schoonhoven run from two yards out. The two-point conversion was good and Dordt led 8-0. Hastings took advantage of a fumbled punt return by the Defenders to score on a 36 yard drive with 4:24 left in the first quarter and cut the lead to 8-7.
The Defenders controlled the second quarter and converted a field goal and another 99 yard drivewith Jason Miller on the receiving end of a Brock Lamle aerial for 35 yards and a 17-7 lead. Hastings narrowed the lead with a 91 yard drive on 13 plays that took nearly five minutes off the clock and cut the lead to 17-14 at halftime.
Hastings scored on the first two possessions of the second half, a pair of 56 yard drvies and took the lead 24-17. Lamle again found Miller for a 37 yard completion to cap an 84 yard drive to retack the lead 25-24 on a two-point conversion.
Hastings built the lead with back to back touchdowns to end the third quarter and start the fourth and led 37-25 with 14:55 remaining.
Bryce Lidtka gave Dordt the jolt it needed when he raced 60 yards for a score but Hastings had an answer with a four play, 56 yard drive to again lead by 12 at 43-31 with 9:44 left in the game.
Dordt’s next drive resulted in a Lamle to Miller pass from eight yards out, making it 43-37 with 7:24 left.
Needing at least a defensive stop, the Defenders got a sack and a forced fumble on third and 15 and Tebi Njilefack came away with the recovery at the Hastings 37. Dordt worked the ball down the field, taking time off the clock in the process and the Defenders converted a fourth and one at the Hastings 16 to extend the drive. Eventually it was Lidtka carrying it over from the six yard line with 1:43 left. Jeff Paepke unlocked the tie with a point after kick and Hastings was held on downs on the ensuing possession, allowing Dordt to win its second road game of the GPAC season.
-Dordt ran for 424 yards and passed for 179 and totaled 603 yards. Hastings had 233 and 229 for 462.
-Lidtka ran for 240 yards on 35 carries and two touchdowns.
-Levi Schoonhoven ran for 97 yards on 12 carries and scored once.
-Lamle had nine rushes for 80 yards and completed 9-20 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns.
-Jason Miller caught seven passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns.
-Josiah Kotte was credited with five solo and four assisted stops for Dordt and Joey Lovetere had two and five.
-Ryan Cisneros had six solo tackles and was credited with 1.5 tackles for loss.
-Lidtka has 1,285 yards and an NAIA leading 18 touchdowns.
-Miller has caught 53 passes for 944 yards and seven touchdowns.
-Dordt is 4-4 overall and 2-4 in the GPAC. Hastings is 0-5 in the GPAC and 3-5 overall.
-Dordt will travel to Doane on Saturday, October 29.
COACH PENNER SAID
“This was another game where our teams determination, enthusiasm and never quit mindset was displayed. That character doesn’t always result in a win but today it did. I’m proud of the guys for bouncing back and responding so well.”
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