Dordt defeats Dakota Wesleyan 57-22
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender football team won a 57-22 decision from Dakota Wesleyan in GPAC football on Saturday afternoon in Sioux Center. The Defenders led from start to finish and piled up a record 563 yards on the ground in improving to 3-2 this season and 2-1 in the GPAC.
Levi Schoonhoven raced 54 yards for Dordt’s first score just over three minutes into the game. Wesleyan answered with a drive that ended with a fumble and Dordt again to set up a score with Noah Clayberg running 54 yards to set up a Clayberg to Jake Dodge five yard touchdown pass for a 14-0 lead after the two-point conversion.
Wesleyan did break through with a score on its next drive that was set up by an 86 yard kick return by Spencer Neugebauer.
Levi Jungling was Dordt’s third player to score as he took a reverse on fourth and six from the 17 and got around the edge for the score with 2:29 left in the first quarter.
A Wesleyan fumble on a fake punt deep in their own territory led to a Brett Zachman field goal and the two teams exchanged touchdowns before the half ended with Clayberg going 31 yards for Dordt’s score and Wesleyan got a quarterback keeper for theirs. Wesleyan also turned the ball over on a Jalen Placide interception in the end zone that helped keep the score at 30-12 at halftime.
Dordt’s defense held Wesleyan to three and out on their first possession of the second half and Clayberg completed a 65 yard pass to Levi Jungling to put the Defenders up 37-12. Brett Zachman converted another field goal from 36 yards in the second half and Carter Schiebout and Anthony Trojahn scored on runs of 46 and 12 yards as Dordt ran away with the 57-22 win.
Dordt gained 563 yards on the ground and 134 in the air for a total of 697 yards while Wesleyan ran for 166 and passed for 252.
Wesleyan had four turnovers and Dordt had none. Dordt didn’t punt in the contest.
Clayberg ran for 222 yards on 20 carries and was 10-18 passing for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
Levi Schoonhoven ran for 98 yards on nine carries and Carter Schiebout ran for 86 yards on eight carries.
Jake Dodge caught five passes for 44 yards for Dordt and Levi Jungling caught four passes for 93 yards.
Elliott Van Kekerix had three solo and three assisted tackles with a sack and two tackles for loss.
Brayton Van Kekerix had four solo and two assisted stops.
Connor Bosma and Jalen Placide had one interception each.
Dakota Wesleyan was led by Kiel Nelson with 13 rushes for 78 yards and he was 14-27 passing for 179 yards.
COACH JOEL PENNER SAID
I love the progress we are making as a team this season. We are finally getting healthier and our young players are ‘less young’ than a month ago. This makes two weeks in a row we’ve set school records in the rushing game. We are going into our bye week with increased confidence and excited for the back half of our season.
Dordt will be off next week and will host Northwestern on October 12
Dakota Wesleyan will be back in action next week when it hosts Doane
Doane def. Hastings 37-12
Concordia def. Briar Cliff 16-14
Northwestern def. Jamestown 45-6
Dordt def. Dakota Wesleyan 57-22