Tigers score early and often in rout of Briar CliffJon Bane drops bombs with his sideline passes setting up over-the-middle touchdowns. Running back Josh Endres goes for another three touchdowns. The defense holds steady while the offense scores at will to take a 35-0 lead at halftime.
Jon Bane drops bombs with his sideline passes setting up over-the-middle touchdowns. Running back Josh Endres goes for another three touchdowns. The defense holds steady while the offense scores at will to take a 35-0 lead at halftime.
The Dakota Wesleyan University football team was in near-perfect form on Saturday, amassing 561 yards of total offense in a 49-14 rout of Briar Cliff (Iowa) in Great Plains Athletic Conference action at Joe Quintal Field.
It was almost as if the Tigers, who entered having lost four of their last five, decided to take their frustration out on their conference rivals.
“We definitely reacted and came out with a bang,” said Bane, who starts at quarterback for DWU. “It was real great. I liked the way the guys responded.”
DWU senior linebacker Lucas Sieve agreed.
“It was like a cool glass of water on a hot summer day,” Sieve said.
Bane had a career day, going 22 of 32 for 301 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He found senior wideout Justin Sydney on TD throws of 64 and 35 yards to cap a first quarter that saw the Tigers take a 28-0 lead. Sydney finished with seven catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns.
“They really came out with a lot of fire,” Sieve said. “The whole team fed off of them and really went after them.”
DWU (5-4) started the game with a six-play, 73-yard drive that ended in Endres’ 10-yard TD run. It was set up by a 44-yard pass and catch from Bane to Anthony Muilenberg, who racked up a season-best 144 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches.
“They were catching everything that was coming their way,” Bane said of his receiving corps. “(The win) is a credit to them and the (offensive) line. It definitely made my day easier.”
Endres added TD runs of 3 and 5 yards in the second and third quarters as the Tigers built a 49-0 lead. He had a team-high 62 yards on 16 carries and also caught four passes for 62 yards.
“We can be a real dangerous team when we can get it all clicking and rolling together,” Bane said.
The Tigers close out their season at home against nationally ranked Morningside College on Saturday. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Joe Quintal Field.