HOW IT HAPPENED
Scores on five straight possessions helped Dordt to a 50-23 win over the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers in GPAC play on Saturday afternoon in Mitchell, South Dakota.
The Defenders allowed a 25 yard field goal on Dakota Wesleyan’s first possession and then proceeded to score 26 unanswered to close the first half for a 26-3 lead.
Dordt’s first scored came on a Brock Lamle five yard run to cap a 13 play, 91 yard drive. David Kacmarynski picked off a Wesleyan pass near midfield to get back possession for the Defenders and Markie Brandt was on the receiving end of an 11 yard Lamle pass for a 12-0 lead after the two-point conversion failed.
Another Wesleyan turnover gave Dordt the football at the Tiger 31 as Tyson Dahlgrin recovered a fumble forced by Jordan Weiland. Charley Young finished the drive with a two yard run with 5:59 left in the half and Dordt was up 19-3.
Casey Byker forced Dordt’s third takeaway with an interception and returned it to the Wesleyan 28 and Keithen Drury had six carries on the ensuing eight-play drive and plunged into the end zone with 15 seconds left in the half. Dordt took a 26-3 lead into the half.
Dordt made it five straight scores with a second half opening drive of 75 yards as Lamle completed a pass to Matthew Oh-Slack for 63 yards and a 33-3 lead.
Wesleyan had a kick return and Dordt a field goal to get the score to 36-10. Wesleyan got as close as 36-16 with a 17 yard drive set up by a fumble.
Levi Jungling got into the scoring act with a 49 yard reception from Lamle with 4:22 left in the game but Wesleyan answered with 51 yard touchdown reception off a twice deflected pass. Dordt’s Tyler Reynolds engineered a seven-play, 46 yard drive and capped it with a 12 yard run for the 50-23 final.
Dordt had 28 turnovers to 13 for Wesleyan.
Dordt was 11-17 on third-down conversions and was 2-2 on fourth down tries.
The Defenders outgained Wesleyan 461-241.
Dordt had 233 yards passing and 228 rushing while Wesleyan was limited to 173 in the air and 66 on the ground.
Levi Jungling caught seven passes for 142 yards and one score. Jungling also ran twice for 31 yards.
Drury ran 35 times for 94 yards.
Lamle was 10-17 passing for 217 yards and had seven rushes for 47 yards.
Levi Schoonhoven had seven carries for 35 yards.
Casey Byker had seven solo tackles to go with four assists and his interception.
Jalen Placide and Tyson Dahlgrin both had four solo tackles and Dahlgrin had a sack and a fumble recovery.
Jordan Weiland was in on two sacks and forced a fumble.
Dordt improves to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the GPAC.
COACH PENNER SAID
“We’ve made a point this year we will relentlessly pursue weekly improvement and play our best football at the end of the season. Even though injuries make that a challenge our players are stepping up. This game was won in practice and preparations this week. We need to shore up a few things that we were sloppy on and we will be sharper next Saturday.”
Midland def. Hastings 36-15
Briar Cliff def. Concordia 23-14
Morningside def. Doane 69-7
Dordt def. Dakota Wesleyan 50-23
Dordt will host Jamestown on October 20.