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MITCHELL, S.D. – In the first half of Saturday’s homecoming football game against Hastings College, Dakota Wesleyan University was the dominant team. The Tigers held the Broncos to less than 100 yards of offense and racked up more than 250 yards of offense and 21 points.


In the second half, it was all the Tigers – ranked No. 18 in the NAIA – could do to hang onto their lead.


Hastings scored 14 second-half points and accumulated nearly 200 yards of offense, but Dakota Wesleyan held on for a 21-14 win in its annual Blue and White Days game at Joe Quintal Field. The win pushes the Tigers to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the league. This is the first time since joining the Great Plains Athletic Conference the Tigers have started the season 4-0. DWU and Doane both sit atop the league with perfect records. Doane, ranked No. 17 in the NAIA, improved to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the GPAC with a win against No. 14 Midland Saturday.


Saturday afternoon, the Tigers got off to a solid start. DWU forced Hastings to punt, then marched 80 yards downfield and scored on a 28-yard pass from Jon Bane to Anthony Muilenburg. After being forced to punt on its next possession, Dakota Wesleyan scored on back-to-back possessions in the second half. One was a 27-yard pass from Bane to Muilenburg and the second was a 16-yard touchdown strike from Bane to the junior wide receiver.


The Tigers’ second touchdown of the quarter came after junior defensive back Dustin Bergmeier intercepted a pass from Bronco quarterback John Dostal to give the Tigers the ball on their own 38-yard line. Heading into halftime, Hastings had 83 yards of total offense compared to DWU’s 260.


After halftime, it was all DWU could do to hold onto its lead. Zach Reker recovered a Hastings fumble on the first drive of the half, but the Tigers went four-and-out and gave the Broncos the ball on the Hastings 30. DWU got another chance when David McGuire intercepted a pass in the end zone, but DWU quarterback Jon Bane fumbled the ball on his own 12-yard line, and the Broncos put together a short scoring drive to get on the board with 2:19 left in the third quarter.


The Tigers were forced to punt on their next two possessions, and Hastings took advantage of a DWU facemask penalty on fourth down to keep alive a drive that ended in a seven-yard touchdown pass from Dostal to Mike Novicki to make it 21-14 with 6:50 left to play. DWU was forced to punt on its next two possessions, and Tyson Buresh sacked Bane for a loss of 15 yards, but the Tigers were able to run out the clock and hold on for the win.


Bane threw for 191 yards and three touchdowns, He was 18-for-32 and was sacked four times. Muilenburg caught four passes for 77 yards and three touchdowns and Nate Ovenden caught four passes for 57 yards. Josh Endres ran for 68 yards and Arthur Brown ran for 31 more.


Jeff Maassen led the DWU defense with 10 tackles, including three for a loss. He also had one sack and one forced fumble. Tom Jarding and Mike Barnaud each added eight tackles and Jordan Hermanson had eight tackles and a fumble recovery. McGuire and Bergmeier each had an interception, and Reker also had a fumble recovery.


Hastings threw for 152 yards and ran for 107 more. The Broncos finished with 259 yards of total offense to DWU’s 277.


The Tigers are back on the road next Saturday, Oct. 8, when they travel to Sioux Center, Iowa, to take on Dordt College at 1 p.m.


Courtesy: Leah Rado, DWU Sports Information


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