Dordt defeats Doane 21-16
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College earned its first conference win of the season with 21-6 victory on the road against Doane College in Crete, Nebraska.
In a game that turned into a defensive struggle, the Defenders needed a late interception to seal the win.
Doane started the scoring with a 60 yard touchdown pass from Jack Shadley to Hunter Bradley with 6:41 left in the first quarter. The play capped a five play, 69 yard drive and came after Doane had turned the ball over on downs on their first possession at the Dordt six yard line.
The Defenders got on the board with an eight play, 70 yard drive that was capped by a Keithen Drury two yard plunge. The two-point conversion failed and Dordt trailed 7-6 with 7:33 left in the first half.
Dordt’s defense limited Doane on the next possession, forcing a punt with the ball at midfield and 4:50 left in the first half. Brock Lamle started the drive with a 16 yard rush. The Defenders faced a fourth and one on the next set of downs and Lamle found Levi Jungling for a 15 yard reception to keep the drive alive. The Defenders again faced third and seven on the very next set of downs and Lamle again found Jungling, this time for a 19 yard gain and a first down. With the ball at the Doane 25 the Defenders returned to the ground with Levi Schoonhoven getting the call on four straight carries to again set up fourth down and one and Schoonhoven carried for a five yard gain and first down at the Doane 11. With the clock winding down Lamle completed a pass to Jungling for the touchdown and Jungling converted the two-point conversion to give Dordt a 14-7 halftime lead.
Dordt was limited on its first possession of the second half and Doane turned its ensuing drive into points as Bryce Cooney knocked a 26 yard field goal through.
The next five drives combined resulted in punts and it was Dordt that finally broke through with a drive that started at their own 45. This time the drive ended with a Lamle to Jungling 21 yard reception in the end zone for a 21-10 lead.
Doane drove to the Dordt 21 on the next possession but an incomplete pass on fourth down ended the drive.
Dordt was unable to sustain a drive and was forced to punt and Doane began its comeback attempt with a drive that covered 61 yards and ended with a completed pass for a touchdown with 3:09 left in the game for a 21-16 score. The two-point conversion attempt failed.
The Defenders were again forced to punt but Doane was left with 2:11 to work with. Doane was pressed into a third down situation at its won 36 and Ryan Cisneros ended the threat with an interception that he returned to the 11 yard line. Two kneel downs by Lamle ended it.
Dordt ran for 148 yards and passed for 229.
Doane had 173 yards on the ground and 247 passing.
Doane outgained Dordt 247-229.
Dordt forced two turnovers and had none on offense.
Levi Jungling had 11 catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns.
Brock Lamle completed 17-33 passes for 229 yards.
Jake Dodge had three catches for 47 yards.
Levi Schoonhoven had 20 carries for 71 yards.
Keithen Drury had 15 carries for 47 yards.
Ryan Cisneros had seven solo and four assisted tackles with his interception.
Josiah Kotte and Arie Hoekstra each had six solo tackles and Joey Lovetere had four solo and five assisted stops.
Jordan Weiland had five solo tackles and Nathan Kabongo had three solos and six assisted stops.
Dordt is now 3-2 and 1-2 in the GPAC.
Doane is 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the GPAC and entered play as the no.12 team in the NAIA.
This was the Dordt program’s first win over a team ranked in the NAIA top-25.
Dordt will host Hastings on Saturday, October 14 in its next outing.
COACH PENNER SAID
“I’m proud of our coaches and players and what they accomplished in this monumental win. Disappointing losses often provide opportunities for growth and this was evident over the last two weeks. Our defense was lights out and our special teams had a noticeable rebound. We’ll enjoy the victory and get back to work on Monday for a heavy remaining conference schedule.”
Dordt def. Doane 21-16
Hastings def. Briar Cliff 45-14
Northwestern def. Midland 24-21
Morningside def. Dakota Wesleyan 76-21