DWU football gameday: Tigers come home looking for first win of season against Dordt

Everything you need to know ahead of DWU's home opener against Dordt

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Dakota Wesleyan's Trey Bohlmann (99) and Layton Eide (4) celebrate a tackle for loss by Bohlmann during a college football game on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022 at Trojan Field in Madison.
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MITCHELL — Dakota Wesleyan’s search for its first win of the 2022 campaign continues Saturday when the Tigers welcome Dordt to town.

Here’s everything to know ahead of the Tigers home opener:

When: 1 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Joe Quintal Field.

Records: DWU 0-3 (0-2 GPAC), Dordt 1-1 (1-1 GPAC).


Coaches: DWU’s Ross Cimpl (57-53, 11th season), Dordt’s Joel Penner (40-24, seventh season).

All-time series: Dordt leads 4-2.

Last meeting: Dordt 45, DWU 13 on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021.

Notes: After losing the first two games against DWU, Dordt has won the last four. … Dordt averages 48 points per game against the Tigers, while DWU averages 29 against the Defenders. … DWU’s last win against the Defenders came in 2017 in Mitchell when the Tigers won 62-52.

About the Tigers: Saturday marks DWU’s first home game of the season. … DWU started 0-3 in 2020, which included a loss to Dordt at home, but avoided an 0-4 start. … It’s been over 10 years since the Tigers started 0-4. … Jamin Arend leads the DWU offense, averaging 110.3 rushing yards per game with four touchdowns. … The Tigers are converting on 42% of their third-down chances, which ranks in the top 30 nationally. … DWU has 62 first downs this season, good for 20.7 per game, up from the 13.5 the Tigers averaged last year.

About the Defenders: Dordt was ranked No. 21 in the country last week before falling to No. 1 Morningside. … Kade McDaniel has thrown for 296 yards and three touchdowns through the first two games of the season for Dordt, completing 43.6% of his passes with two interceptions. … Nick Wellen and Daniel Dickerson lead the Defenders in rushing. … Wellen has 174 yards and two scores on 32 carries, while Dickerson has 110 yards and a touchdown on 19 rushes.

Next: DWU travels to Hastings, Nebraska, to take on Hastings at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. Dordt takes on Doane at home at 1 p.m. on Sept. 24.

Other GPAC action this weekend


Saturday, Sept. 17
No. 4 Northwestern at Jamestown, 1 p.m.
No. 23 Midland at Mount Marty, 1 p.m.
Hastings at Concordia, 1 p.m.
Briar Cliff at No. 1 Morningside, 1 p.m.

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