Northwestern defeats Dordt 41-23
HOW IT HAPPENED
A late surge by Northwestern in its game with Dordt on Saturday afternoon in Orange City resulted in a ten point comeback and a 41-23 win in GPAC play.
Dordt started the scoring with a Keithen Drury 41 yard touchdown run to cap a four play, 67 yard drive to open the game.
Northwestern answered with a 10 play, 90 yard drive that ended with a nine yard run by Shane Solberg with 14:54 left in the half. The point after was no good and Dordt held a 7-6 lead.
The Defenders added to their lead with a 14 play drive to close the first half, scoring on a Jake Dodge reception from Brock Lamle with 15 seconds left in the half. The point after failed and Dordt went into halftime up 16-6.
Northwestern put the pressure on with an 80 yard drive to midway through the third quarter that cut the gap to 16-13 but Dordt answered with a Brock Lamle 41 yard run moments later for a 23-13 lead with 5:49 left in the third.
The score was Dordt’s last as Northwestern scored on drives of 75 and 63 yards to lead 27-23 with 2:08 left in the third quarter.
Northwestern left the door open for a Dordt comeback with a missed field goal with 11:09 left in the game but Dordt’s ensuing drive stalled at the Northwestern 29 yard line and the Defenders turned it over on downs.
Northwestern’s following drive looked stopped on third and nine when Tyson Koooima scrambled from the pocket and his desperation toss found Jason Kalogonis on the sideline for a 20 yard completion and a first down. Northwestern scored later on the drive with 3:45 left in the game. The Raiders then tacked on a late score for the final of 41-23.
Dordt was outgained 530-386. Dordt ran for 274 yards and passed for 112. Northwestern got 312 yards on the ground and 218 in the air.
Keithen Drury ran for 154 yards on 29 carries and Brock Lamle had 54 yards rushing on nine carries.
Lamle completed nine passes for 110 yards.
Jake Dodge caught six passes for 81 yards.
Joey Lovetere had ten solo and one assisted tackle while Casey Byker had nine solo tackles.
Josiah Kotte had six solo and one assisted stop.
Drury becomes the second player in Dordt football history to run for over a 1,000 yards in a season and has 1,025 with two games to go.
Dordt is now 4-4 overall and 2-4 in the GPAC and will face Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday, November 4 in its final road game of the year in Mitchell.
Northwestern is 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the league and will travel to Hastings in two weeks to conclude the regular season.
COACH JOEL PENNER SAID
“There are some special things brewing under the surface with our program. I am proud of our guys for moving our culture to a new level this week. Our opponent made plays in the second half and we did not match them. As disappointed as we are, I know our foundation as a team is deeper than it was a week ago and this is tremendously exciting.”