Dordt defeats Midland 27-21
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College secured its school record seventh win to close the 2018 football season with a 27-21 win on the road over the Midland Warriors in Great Plains Athletic Conference action. The Defenders bounced back after giving up a 13-0 lead to win the game and finish third in the GPAC.
Dordt started the scoring by marching 75 yards into a strong breeze and Keithen Drury plunged in from three yards to give Dordt a 6-0 lead after the point after failed.
Dordt’s defense scored for the fifth time this season with Jordan Weiland picking off a deflected pass and he raced 30 yards for a 13-0 lead with 10:15 left in the first half.
Dordt couldn’t maintain the shutout as the Warriors took the ensuing drive 91 yards for a touchdown and the score was 13-7 at halftime.
Midland made easy work of it to start the second half with a three-play, 64 yard drive to take the lead at 14-13.
The visitors had an answer as Brock Lamle found Ben Hayes for a 32 yard pass into the wind and Levi Schoonhoven bulled in from one yard out on first and goal and Dordt’s lead was 19-14.
Midland was limited to three plays and a punt and Dordt took over at its own four yard line. Keithen Drury broke off a 70 yard run on the first play from scrimmage and Dordt eventually scored on a Lamle to Levi Jungling 23 yard pass for a 27-14 lead with 8:08 still remaining in the third period.
A lost fumble opened the door for Midland to score with 4:37 left in the third and the Warriors went 39 yards for the score and cut the lead to 27-21.
Neither team was able to mount a serious threat for the duration of the fourth quarter with Nathan Kabongo intercepting his second pass of the day and Dordt ran out the clock with Keithen Drury running for 12 yards on third and five with 1:18 left in the game to put the game away.
Dordt had a slight 341-334 yards gained advantage with 250 on the ground and 91 in the air.
Drury ran for 160 yards on 26 carries and had a touchdown.
Schoonhoven ran for 53 yards.
Lamle completed five passes for 91 yards and Jungling had three catches for 53 yards.
David Kacmarynski had nine tackles with one for loss and Tyson Dahlgrin had eight tackles with one for loss.
Casey Byker and Jalen Placide each made six tackles.
Kabongo picked off two passes.
Drury ends the season with 955 yards on the ground and nine touchdowns while Schoonhoven ran for 664 yards on 106 carries and had eight touchdowns.
Lamle passed for 22 touchdowns.
Jungling caught 51 passes for 925 yards and an 18.1 average with eight touchdowns.
Dahlgrin and Kacmarynski had five and 4.5 sacks this season.
Nathan Kabongo had six interceptions to lead the team.
Casey Byker led te team in tackles with 80 and also had five interceptions and two fumble recoveries and scored three defensive touchdowns.
Dordt finishes the season in third place in the GPAC with a 6-3 record in the league.
COACH PENNER SAID
“This was a memorable game as we watched our seniors complete their careers. It was such a positive way to close out the season. Our rally cry was ‘tip the rock’ and this team did that as they set a new standard and expectation for this program.”