Midland def. Dordt 25-24
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Midland Warriors defeated Dordt in GPAC football play in unlikely fashion on Saturday afternoon in Sioux Center with a come from behind 25-24 decision. The win came after the Defenders had a 17-0 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
Midland gambled after scoring a touchdown with no time on the clock and trailing by one and that gamble paid off with a two-point conversion for the win.
Dordt took a 10-0 lead in the first half on a six-yard Nick Wellen touchdown run and Brett Zachman split the uprights on a 25 yard field goal with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter.
Neither team mounted much of a threat in the second and third quarters and the score was still 10-0 when Tyler Reynolds found Hayden Large for a nine yard pass completion in the back of the end zone to make it 17-0 with 10:07 left in the game.
Midland broke up the shutout with 6:38 left in the game on a 35 yard field goal and then executed a short kickoff that bounced at the Dordt 25 and was recovered at the 19 yard line. Austin Harris caught an EJ Stewart pass on the second play of the drive and with 5:56 left in the game the Defender lead was 17-10.
Dordt seemed to get itself out of trouble with a 44 yard pass from Reynolds to Eli Boldan with 4:48 left and the Defenders were up two scores. Again, Midland had an answer. Omuiri Garcia scored on a six yard pass from Stewart to cap an 83 yard drive with 3:02 left in the game.
Dordt’s offense moved the ball to its own 38 and was forced to punt with 1:30 left in the game. Midland then proceeded to convert on a fourth down and one to keep the drive alive and then also converted on third down and 10 with a pass interference call. Midland eventually got to the 25 yard line where they faced fourth and ten with two seconds remaining. EJ Stewart found Kenneth Carr in the corner of the end zone with a jump ball and after two timeouts Midland went for the two-point conversion and scored when Stewart was able to scramble and eventually found Austin Harris for the 25-24 final.
Dordt had a 363-301 yards gained advantage.
Dordt ran for 184 yards and passed for 179. Midland was held to 32 yards on the ground and had 269 yards passing.
Anthony Trojahn had 94 yards on 21 carries and Nick Wellen had 37 yards on seven carries and Ethan Thomas eight for 33 yards.
Thomas was 5-11 passing for 89 yards and Reynolds was 3-4 for 90 yards.
Eli Boldan had three catches for 98 yards and Levi Jungling caught four passes for 72 yards.
Dordt’s Bryce Christian had two sacks.
Jalen Placide, Nathan Kabongo, Grant Hixson and Meno Jones all had an interception.
Brayton Van Kekerix and Tanner Millikan were each in on ten tackles.
EJ Stewart completed 18-46 passes for 269 yards.
Midland’s Dalton Tremayne caught four passes for 137 yards while Kenneth Carr caught four passes for 67 yards. Harris had five catches for 37 yards.
Dordt will travel to Hastings next Saturday, September 11.