Northwestern defeats Dordt 40-28
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender football team lost a 40-28 decision on the road to the no. 4 ranked Northwestern Red Raiders in GPAC play on Saturday afternoon in Orange City.
The Defenders allowed a 56 yard drive to start the game and trailed 6-0 midway through the first quarter.
The Defenders eventually put together a 78 yard drive culminating with a six yard completion from Brock Lamle to Matthew Oh-Slack and the point after was good for a 7-6 Dordt advantage on the first play of the second quarter.
Northwestern had an answer with a 71 yard drive that took 12 plays to complete and with 4:34 left in the half they regained the lead at 13-7.
The Defenders took the ensuing kickoff and marched down the field with Keithen Drury plunging in from one yard out for a 14-13 lead after the point after and that’s how the half ended.
Dordt’s first possession of the second half resulted in a touchdown pass from Lamle to Jungling with 14:01 left in the third quarter. The drive was bolstered by a 50 yard run by Drury and Dordt led 21-13.
The back and forth battle continued with a 63 yard drive for a score by the hosts and da two-point conversion that tied it 21-21 with 11:09.
After a Dordt punt the Defenders scored a defensive touchdown with Casey Byker scooping up a fumble recovery and he went 20 yards for the score and a 28-21 lead for the Defenders with 6:52 left in the quarter. It was the last score Dordt had.
Northwestern scored a touchdown with 2:43 left in the third and took the lead on with a 41 yard pass with 8:58 remaining in the game.
Dordt’s drive stalled at their own 61 but Byker uncorked a 68 yard punt that pinned Northwestern at the one. The Raiders proceeded to go 99 yards on eight plays and put the game out of reach with a 40-28 margin with 1:13 left in the game.
Northwestern had a 524-311 yards gained advantage.
Dordt run for 201 yards and passed for 110.
Keithen Drury ran 21 times for 108 yards.
Brock Lamle and Levi Jungling had 55 and 40 yards each.
Jungling caught six passes for 96 yards and a score.
Jordan Weiland had eight solo and one assisted stop with a sack.
Josh Mrazek had six solo and one assist with two tackles for loss.
Connor Bosma had six solo tackles and Casey Byker and Nathan Kabongo each had five.
Northwestern’s Tyson Kooima had 15 carries for 120 yards and was 28-40 passing for 377 yards. Northwestern’s leading rusher entering the game, Jacob Kalogonis, was limited to 47 yards on 21 carries.
Northwestern is 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the league.
Dordt is 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the GPAC. Dordt travels to Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday, October 13.
COACH PENNER SAID
“We lost to a great team today. I am proud of our guys and we have zero regrets when it comes to preparation and effort. We will continue to get better. There’s not a better group of players to coach in the country.”
Northwestern def. Dordt 40-28
Morningside def. Midland 77-21
Hastings def. Doane 22-19
Concordia def. Dakota Wesleyan 14-9
Jamestown def. Briar Cliff 34-32