Dordt got two touchdowns to close the game on extended drives and turned away McPherson (Kansas) 27-13 in a game played at Sioux Center, Iowa on Saturday afternoon, September 10.
The Defenders surrendered a touchdown run by McPherson’s Ed Crouch at the 11:06 mark of the first quarter and trailed 7-0. The drive was set up by a mishandled punt return by the Defenders.
A five play, 83 drive capped by a Bryce Lidtka five yard plunge pulled the Defenders to within one with 2:48 left in the quarter. Reggie Washington set up the running back’s short run with a 39 yard option keeper and completed a pass to Brian Miller for a two point conversion to put Dordt up 8-7.
McPherson had to settle for a 20 yard field goal by Caleb Contreras to cap a 13 play, 62 yard drive for a 10-8 lead but Brett Gaines split the uprights on two field goals of 24 and 25 yards respectively to put Dordt up 14-10 at halftime.
The Bulldogs again had to settle for a field goal early in the third quarter and drew to within 14-13.
The Defenders then put the game away with two long drives. The first covered 85 yards and took ten plays and was extended on a fake punt where Lidtka got to the outside and rolled up 36 yards to set up Brock Lamle’s two yard run. The point after was blocked and left the score 20-13.
McPherson was forced to punt on its next possession and Dordt went 87 yards on 12 plays and Levie Schoonhoven did the honors from one yard out to extend the lead to 27-13 after the extra point.
-Dordt accumulated 561 yards of offense with 404 yards on the ground.
-Lidtka ran for 110 yards on 13 carries and scored a touchdown.
-Brock Lamle and Reggie Washington ran for 95 and 83 yards each and Keithen Drury added 53 yards on eight carries. Schoonhoven got seven carries late and ran for 38 yards.
-Jason Miller caught seven passes for 86 yards and Drury had five catches for 29 yards.
-Gerrit Wybenga had seven solo and five assisted stops and Joey Lovetere had six solo and three assisted sstops. Wybenga had a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss. Lovetere had a fumble recovery.
-Arie Hoekstra had five solo and three assisted stops with an interception and Alex Vasquez had five solo and three assisted stops.
-McPherson got 56 yards rushing by Tyrone Campbell and Ed Crouch ran for 51 and was 24-43 passing for 220 yards.
-Dordt is 2-0 for the first time in the program’s history and will culminate a three game homestand to start the season with a game against Morningside on September 17 at 1:00.
-McPherson is 0-2 this season.
COACH JOEL PENNER SAID
“I think our ability to play hard for four quarters is contributing to our recent victories. I was very proud of how our defense stiffened up particularly in the red zone. On offense we had multiple guys step up who didn’t make the stat sheet last week. It was a great team win for us today.”