SIOUX CENTER, Iowa -- The Dakota Wesleyan football team couldn’t keep pace with Dordt’s high-powered offense on Saturday.
The Tigers allowed 347 yards rushing and three rushing touchdowns in the 45-13 loss to No. 18 Dordt, the most DWU has given up all season. Prior to this game, DWU on average allowed 126 yards rushing, while the potent Dordt running game averaged 306 yards on the ground per game.
In the first quarter, the Tigers began with a quick three-and-out in the first minute and 25 seconds into the game. DWU elected to punt, and on the return, Jesus Herrera forced a fumble that ended up being recovered by Jett Evans, landing the Tigers at the Dordt 27-yard line. After another three-and-out, DWU’s Trevor Lambert made a 38-yard field goal to put the Tigers on the scoreboard first.
Dordt would score on its next two possessions, giving the Defenders a 14-3 lead after the first quarter. The offense continued to roll as Dordt scored another touchdown and field goal in the second quarter, along with 21 points in the second half to cruise to the victory.
Josh Bush led the running attack for the Defenders as he had three carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns, including a 59-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Five running backs for Dordt had at least one carry for 15 yards or more. Anthony Trojahn had 15 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown, while Ethan Thomas had five rushing attempts for 69 yards. Quarterback Tyler Reynolds went 11-of-16 for 139 yards and two passing touchdowns, connecting with two separate receivers. Kade McDaniel also had a 72-yard touchdown pass to Levi Jungling as time was waning in the fourth quarter.
DWU still racked up 441 yards of its own, 180 passing and 261 rushing. Kiel Nelson went 12-of-26 for 180 yards and rushed for 150 yards and one touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Jamin Arend had 20 carries for 75 yards and Garret Mandolfo finished with seven carries for 33 yards. Jakob Oxos led receivers with three receptions for 78 yards, while Daniel Libolt had three catches for 44 yards.
Jacob Schafer led the Tigers defensively with nine tackles. Nate Rupprecht had eight solo tackles while Joshua Garry and Dominick Warmbein had one sack each.
DWU hosts Northwestern at 1 p.m. on Oct. 23 in Mitchell.
Other GPAC games this weekend:
No. 2 Northwestern 63, Jamestown 7
No. 3 Morningside 84, Briar Cliff 7
Concordia 38, Mount Marty 7
Doane 44, Hastings 0