HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt University football team secured its seventh win of the season with a 43-7 victory over Briar Cliff on Saturday.
Dordt's only scoring possession in the first quarter came on a nine play 38-yard drive capped off by a Brett Zachman field goal. The Defenders held strong defensively over the rest of the first quarter and went into the second with a 3-0 lead.
Zachman finished a 12 play 44-yard drive with 11 minutes to go in the second to make it 6-0. Zachman's number was called two more times in the second quarter and he converted on both to give Dordt the 12-0 lead.
The Defenders scored a touchdown with 16 seconds left in the second to make it 19-0. Noah Clayberg found Levi Jungling on a two yard pass and Zachman converted the extra point.
Rashad Brown put Briar Cliff on the board after catching a 22-yard touchdown from Diontre Collins-Jones with 4:30 to go in the third. The catch finished a six play 89-yard drive. Jesus Pena Lopez hit the extra point to make it 19-7.
Levi Schoonhoven made it 26-7 two minutes later. It was the finishing touch to a five play 81-yard drive.
Zachman converted his fifth field goal of the game two minutes into the fourth to make it 29-7 in favor of Dordt.
Jungling scored his second touchdown of the game six minutes later and a Zachman field goal made it 36-7.
With four minutes left in the fourth, David Kacmarynski finished off his impressive day with an interception for a touchdown. He returned the Collins-Jones pass 26 yards and Zachman gave Dordt the 43-7 victory.
Dordt ran 94 plays and amassed 501 yards.
Dordt ran the ball 69 times and had 264 yards.
Levi Schoonhoven had 21 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Clayberg was 13-22 with one interception and one touchdown and 208 yards passing..
Jungling had a receiving and running touchdown in the victory and caught nine passes for 147 yards.
Brett Zachman was a perfect 5-5 on field goals with a career long of 43.
Connor Bosma had six solo tackles and had his fourth interception of the season.
Josh Mrazek and Marcus Whipper each had four solo tackles.
David Kacmarynski had three solo tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, an interception return for a touchdown and three passes broken up.
COACH JOEL PENNER SAID
"I love the way our guys continue to get better. We practice hard and they are hungry to improve. Our defense led the way today but our offense and special teams were also very sharp today."
Dordt will play Midland next Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in Sioux Center for their final regular season game of the year.