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Dakota Wesleyan's offense struggles in second half against Midland

The Dakota Wesleyan football team allowed 203 yards passing and was held to 76 yards rushing in a loss to Midland on Saturday.

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FREMONT, Neb. -- Dakota Wesleyan was held scoreless in the second half, losing 27-14 on the road, to Great Plains Athletic Conference opponent Midland on Sept. 18.

The Tigers kept pace with the Warriors in the first half, scoring 14 points and being the first team to get in the end zone. After a costly roughing the kicker penalty by Midland, Kiel Nelson connected with Jamin Arend for a 58-yard touchdown. Midland answered back with a 11-play touchdown drive of its own before the end of the first quarter for a 10-7 lead.

Midland’s Jake Ashby had a 12-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Stanley early in the second quarter to give Midland a 17-7 advantage. In the next drive, the Warriors committed two 15-yard penalties that helped DWU complete its eight-play drive for a touchdown, cutting the lead back to three. DWU missed a field goal to tie later in the second quarter, but the defense held up forcing Midland to punt on one possession and got a crucial stop on fourth-and-2 with 14 seconds left in the half on their own 25-yard line.

In the second half, Midland scored a touchdown on its first possession. On the Tigers' next three possessions, they couldn’t manage to get out of their own territory. The offense punted once and committed four turnovers in the second half. Midland was able to use the clock to its advantage, make one more field and secure the victory.

Kiel Nelson went 14-of-33 passing for two touchdowns and three interceptions. Nelson also rushed for 38 yards on 12 carries while Jamin Arend had seven carries for 26 yards, along with four catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. Jakob Oxos had two receptions for 21 yards and a touchdown.

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Cody Reichelt led the Tigers defensively with 11 tackles and one sack. Joshua Garry had nine tackles while Hayden Schmidt, Victor Kniesche and Samuel Kretschmar had eight tackles each.

DWU hosts Hastings at 1 p.m. on Sept. 25 in Mitchell for homecoming.

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