Dordt defeats Waldorf 61-40
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College overcame a 14 point deficit and a 13 point deficit to win its season opener with a 61-40 win over the Waldorf Warriors in Forest City, Iowa on Saturday night.
Both teams scored on their first possessions with Waldorf marching 75 yards to open the game and Dordt went 57 yards on its first drive and capped the drive with a Keithen Drury 30 yard run.
Waldorf scored on the next two possessions with 55 and 47 yard drives for a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter.
Noah Clayberg scored the first of two touchdowns on a screen pass from Brock Lamle with 12:10 left in the half but Waldorf answered with a score of its own followed by a Levi Jungling touchdown reception with 9:50 left in the half that covered 59 yards.
The hosts again had an answer on the warm and muggy night with a 17 yard drive after Dordt surrendered the ball deep in its own territory.
Trailing 33-21 the Defenders again went to Clayberg who took a Lamle screen for 44 yards with 2:26 left in the half.
The Dordt defense forced fumble when David Kacmarynski jarred the ball loose at the Waldorf 45 and Tyson Dahlgrin recovered with less than a minute to go.
A Lamle completion to Levi Jungling for 35 yards got Dordt in striking position and with four seconds left in the half Lamle found Jake Dodge for a 12 yard score to put the Defenders up 34-33 after the two-point try failed.
The Defenders scored on their first five possessions of the second half and scored 40 unanswered points at one point to pull away in the second half.
Clayberg caught his third touchdown pass for 25 yards to put Dordt up eight and Brock Lamle had a pair of touchdown runs as well as the Defenders ran away with the game late.
Dordt outgained the Warriors 586-564. Dordt ran for 284 and passed for 302.
Brock Lamle passed for 302 yards and five touchdowns with one interception and 11 completions. He also ran for two scores and 73 yards.
Levi Jungling had four catches for 137 yards and Noah Clayberg had three catches for 91 yards and three touchdowns.
Keithen Drury ran 18 times for 89 yards and Clayberg had 63 yards on 11 carries.
Brett Gaines was 7-7 on point after tries and made field goals of 32 and 30 yards for the Defenders.
Waldorf was led by Hilton Joseph with 18 completions for 333 yards and four touchdowns and he ran for 21 yards.
Tyson Dahlgrin was in on two sacks and had a fumble recovery with five tackles.
David Kacmarynski had a sack and a forced fumble and six tackles.
Lamle’s 302 yards ranks third all-time at Dordt and his five touchdown passes matches a record from 2017.
Clayberg’s 164 yards on kickoffs is second all-time.
Dordt’s 61 points ranks second all-time and is the most scored by the Defenders against a NAIA opponent.
COACH JOEL PENNER SAID
“I take blame for our team coming out uncharacteristically tense. We looked like a team experiencing first game jitters. Our second half as totally different and our coaches and players deserve credit for settling down and getting on track. We have a lot of great players and we will enter our bye week eager to shore up the things we need to improve on.”
Dordt will face Doane on Saturday, September 15 at 1:00 in its home opener and GPAC opener in Sioux Center.