Northwestern def. Dordt 48-40
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Northwestern Red Raiders won a wild 48-40 decision over Dordt in GPAC play on Saturday afternoon, October 3 in Sioux Center, Iowa.
Northwestern grabbed an early 14-0 lead with Tyson Kooima completing passes to Cade Moser and Shane Solberg on Northwestern’s first two possessions of the game. Dordt got on the board with a 12-play, 69 yard drive that ended with an Anthony Trojahn three yard run. After a defensive stop the Defenders tied the game with a Noah Clayberg 49 yard run early in the second quarter.
Northwestern managed two more touchdowns in the first half and Dordt one on a Carter Schiebout six yard plunge to send the game to halftime 28-21.
Dordt had a time consuming drive that ended at the Northwestern three as the Raiders managed a stop on four plays inside the five yard line. Northwestern quickly marched down the field and made the score 35-21 on a Kooima to Solberg pass with 6:10 left in the third quarter.
The Defenders went to the air and worked down the field before the drive stalled at the Northwestern 16 and Dordt settled for a 33 yard field goal by Brett Zachman. Northwestern again had an answer with a three play-46 yard drive for a 42-24 lead.
With the offenses dominating play, Schiebout scored again for Dordt, this time on a five yard run to cap a 6 yard drive and Dordt was down 42-30 after the two-point try failed. The two teams exchanged punts and Dordt forced the only turnover of the game with Brayton Van Kekerix getting on the loss ball. Dordt proceeded to march 71 yards and Clayberg got in from two yards out with 9:40 left in the game to get within 42-37.
Northwestern effectively put the game out of reach with a time consuming drive that took nearly six minutes off the clock on the next possession and a touchdown put the Red Raiders up 48-37 with 3:49 left in the game. Dordt moved down the field and got inside the Northwestern five but were again stopped and settled for a field goal with 1:14 left in the game.
Dordt attempted an onside kick but Zachman’s short kick took a high hop and skipped out of bounds giving Northwestern the ball and the win.
Dordt outgained Northwestern 592-446 with 328 on the ground and 271 in the air. Northwestern gained 156 yards on the ground and had 290 yards in the air.
Dordt had 37 first downs to 24 for Northwestern.
Noah Clayberg had 207 yards rushing on 23 carries and two touchdowns.
Carter Schiebout gained 43 yards on 13 carries and had two scores.
Clayberg was 19-32 passing for 248 yards.
Levi Jungling caught 11 passes for 136 yards and Ben Heuvelhorst had seven catches for 65 yards.
Northwestern’s Tyson Kooima had 67 yards rushing and was 17-27 passing for 290 yards and five touchdown passes.
Nathan Kabongo was in on eight tackles and Josh Mrazek had seven for Dordt.
Abraham Stoesz had six tackles with Jake Beukelman getting a sack.
Both teams are now 2-1. Dordt will host Jamestown in the second of three straight home games.
COACH JOEL PENNER
“I love how our guys embodied Industry Standard effort and belief today. In the end, we didn’t make the plays in the red zone to win a close game. We’ll bounce back and the Defender Football locomotive is picking up steam.”