Football Clashes With Grand View In Playoff Appearance

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Football Clashes With Grand View In Playoff Appearance


The Defender football team will travel to Des Moines on Saturday, April 17 for a NAIA Football Championship Series first-round game against Grand View with kickoff at 12:00 pm. 


Fans are required to wear masks and distance from non-group members.


Tickets go on sale at 10:30 AM on Saturday, April 17 at Duke Williams Stadium located at 1591 E University Avenue.  4,500 fans will be admitted to the game.




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The Grand View Vikings are 6-0 this season and played three games against Heart of America Conference opponents.  The Vikings are rated no. 2 in the nation and are coached by Joe Woodley. The Vikings have played football since 2008 and have one losing record in that span—a 2008 mark of 2-8.  Grand View won the national title in 2013 with a 14-0 record and have qualified for the semifinals twice in 2014 and 2019.  This is the eight straight playoff appearance for Grand View and its ninth overall.

This year’s edition of the Vikings last played on November 21 against Culver Stockton and secured a 44-28 win.  The 16-point margin of victory was the slimmest of the year for Grand View and the Des Moines based school has outscored teams 302-55 this year or 50-9 on average.

The offense is led by a ground attack that averages 244.5 yards per game and a passing game that averages 218 yards in the air.  All totaled the Vikings outgain opponents 462-158 and limit teams to 67 yards per game on the ground. Devon Pressley has run 56 times for 468 yards and seven touchdowns and Avery Gates has run for 260 yards on 47 carries with two scores.

Johnny Sullivan is 86-130 passing with 21 touchdown passes and four interceptions. Anthony Turner is his favorite receiver with 28 receptions and an 18.5 average with 10 scores. Brandon Martin averages 14.5 yards per catch on 15 grabs and Bennett Spry has 12 catches for 13.9 yards per catch.

Nate Weiland leads the team with 35 tackles and 9.5 for loss. Pat Canby has 25 tackles and Drew Boffeli has 23. Brenden Flowers has picked off three passes and the Vikings have forced 19 turnovers while giving up nine. Flowers is the only player with multiple interceptions.

Kody Kruschwitz is 6-7 on field goals with a long of 39 and he has converted 36-38 point after tries. Kruschwitz also has 14 punts with a long of 88 and he averages 34.3 per punt. Dallis Flowers is a threat in kick returns with seven returns and a 36.6 average.


The Defenders are 8-2 this season and in the GPAC with wins over Midland (22-14), Dakota Wesleyan (47-10), Jamestown (66-13), Doane (44-19),  Concordia (41-14), Hastings (65-0),  Briar Cliff (64-0) and Panhandle State (53-0).  The losses for Dordt came on October 3 against Northwestern (48-40) and October 31 against Morningside (35-30).

The Defenders run for 337 yards per game on average and pass for 222.  Dordt’s defense allows 112 yards per game on the ground and 158 in the air. Dordt is outscoring teams on average 47-15.

Noah Clayberg has completed 149-231 passes for 1834 yards and 16 touchdowns with six interceptions.  He has also run 156 times for 1185 yards—a 7.6 yards per carry average and has 17 rushing touchdowns. Carter Schiebout has 622 yards rushing on 116 attempts with a 5.4 yards per carry average with six touchdowns. Michael Sondermann has run 99 times for 501 yards and a 5.1 yards per carry average.  

Levi Jungling has caught 60 passes for a 14.2 yards per catch average and has nine touchdown catches. Ben Heuvelhorst has a 9.5 yards per catch average with two touchdowns and 28 snags.  Jayden Huisman has 29 catches for 12.6 yards per catch and Raphael Carr has an 11.4 yards per catch average on 11 catches. Hayden Large became more of a threat as the season progressed and has 2 catches for 10.7 yards per catch and five touchdowns.   

Brett Zachman has converted 46-52 point after tries and is 11-11 on field goal attempts with a long of 43. Clayberg has punted 21 times for a 36.9 yards per punt average and Blade Koons has punted eight times with a 40.4 average.  

Josh Mrazek has 63 tackles and Brayton Van Kekerix has 51. Nathan Kabongo has 47 tackles with two interceptions and Jalen Placide had three interceptions but will not be playing this semester.  Colyn Oostenink had 8.5 quarterback sacks but will not see action due to an injury. David Kacmarynski  has 6.5 sacks and an interception this season . Dordt has 41 total sacks this season.



Noah Clayberg leads the NAIA in rushing (1,185 yards); is second in total offense (3,019) and is sixth in total passing (1,834 yards).

Levi Jungling is third in total receptions (60); fifth in receiving yards (849) and sixth in all-purpose yards (1,317).

Josh Mrazek is sixth in tackles for loss (14.5).

David Kacmarynski is 10th in tackles for loss (14.0) and total sacks (6.5)

Brett Zachman ranks first in field goal percentage (100), first in total kicking scoring (79) and third in total field goals (11).

Offense ranks first in total offense yards per game (559.8); first in scoring (471 points); second in total rushing yards (3,374); fourth in scoring offense per game (47.1) and seventh in passing offense (2,224). 

Defense ranks first in sacks (41) and 12th in total defense per game (270.3 yards)

Grand View

Johnny Sullivan ranks fourth in pass efficiency (189.7).

Anthony Turner ranks seventh in scoring per game (10.0 points).

DeVon Pressley ranks 17th in rushing yards per game (93.6 yards).

Defense ranks first in total defense per game (159.2); second in pass defense per game (92.5); fourth in scoring defense per game (9.2) and 10th in total first downs allowed (62). 


Dordt had no trouble with Panhandle State on March 27 with a 53-0 win over the Aggies behind 551 rushing yards and a 662-145 total yardage advantage.  Michael Sondermann ran 14 times for 185 yards and Noah Clayberg ran 13 times for 131 yards. Anthony Trojahn had 11 carries for 90 yards and Clayberg completed six passes with two completions each to Jayden Huisman and Hayden Large.

Grand View has not played since beating Culver Stockton on November 21 by a 44-28 margin after trailing 21-16 at halftime. Culver Stockton ran for 175 yards and passed for 133 but gave up 264 yards in the air. Jensen Gates had 114 yards rushing on 11 tries and Johnny Sullivan had 13 competions for 264 yards and two interceptions. Anthony Turner had three catches for 83 yards and Brandon Martin had two catches for 70 yards.


This is the first meeting between these two teams.


The winner of this game advances to the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Series on Saturday, April 24.


Carroll (3-1) @

Morningside (8-0)


Dordt (8-2)

Grand View (6-0)


Bethel KS (9-1) @

Lindsey Wilson (7-0)


Arizona Christian (9-1) @

Keiser (7-0)


Georgetown (6-1) @

Concordia MI (5-0) 


Dickinson State (9-0) @

Northwestern (8-1)


Olivet Nazarene (8-0) @

Baker (6-0)


Marian (5-1) @

Reinhardt (8-0)