Doane, Nebraska Wesleyan and Concordia lose at home

Tigers, Prairie Wolves and Bulldogs all fall to conference foes
Doane, Nebraska Wesleyan And Concordia Lose At Home

Lincoln, NEB.- It was a tough day for Lincoln college football teams as Doane, Nebraska Wesleyan and Concordia all lost at home Saturday. Click the link above to watch the highlights. Below you’ll find details of each game courtesy of each school’s sports information department.

Doane 7 Dordt 27

Doane Football hosted No. 22 Dordt on Saturday, taking on their third straight Top 25 opponent. The Tigers struck early with special teams, however, the Defenders would score the final 27 points to post a 27-7 win over Doane.

The Tiger defense held Dordt on their opening possession of the game and forced a punt. Riley Heithoff (SR/Raymond, Neb.) shoved the Dordt block back towards the punter who kicked the ball into Heithoff.  Cooper Bates (SR/Wilber, Neb.) picked up the blocked punt and returned the ball eight yards into the end zone for the first points of the game, just 94 seconds into the game.

Midway through the first quarter, Dordt made their way into Tiger territory but it was short-lived. The Defenders attempted a deep pass only to have Donte Wiggins (JR/Colorago Springs, Colo.) take the ball away as he recorded his first interception of the season.

Dordt was able to get the short field on their next possession, converted two 3rd-down plays, and scored the game-tying touchdown with 1:19 to play in the opening quarter. The Defenders’ next possession came as the second quarter started. Dordt went 62 yards on 12 plays to set up a 22-yard field goal to take the lead.

The defenses controlled the middle portion of the quarter, forcing four consecutive 3-and-outs. An interception by the Defenders with 4:19 left in the quarter set up Dordt at the Doane-22. Three plays later, Dordt scored a touchdown to take a 17-7 lead into the break.

Both teams were held off the scoreboard in the third quarter though Doane had the best scoring opportunity. The Tigers took the ball down to the Dordt-3, only to have to settle for a field goal that would be blocked.

Early in the fourth quarter, Dordt took possession of the ball and moved into Tiger territory. Once again, the Defenders looked to go through the air for a scoring strike only to see Wiggins step in front for his second interception of the day. Dordt was able to get a 4th-down stop near midfield, setting up a touchdown drive as they went 57 yards over six plays to take a 24-7 lead. Dordt added a field goal following a second straight 4th-down stop.

Doane’s defense held Dordt 100 yards under their season average for yards per game. Wiggins led the Tigers with 13 total tackles, a career-high, in addition to his two interceptions in the game. Ty Barbazon (JR/Ocala, Fla.) added 10 tackles, with one tackle for loss. Joaquim Robinson (SR/Kearney, Neb.) finished with seven tackles including a team-high 3.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.

Offensively, Frazzie Wynn (JR/Lincoln, Neb.) led the Tigers with 49 yards rushing. Lj Butler (FR/San Antonio, Texas) added 22 yards on the ground. Izaiah Celestine (SR/Stockton, Calif.) led the receivers with four receptions, including a couple of highlight-reel catches resulting in 71 yards receiving. Vaughn Martinez (FR/San Antonio, Texas) threw for 139 yards on 12 completions.

The Tigers will be back at home next weekend as they host Jamestown at 1 PM for the Homecoming game.

 

Nebraska Wesleyan 30 Loras 31

A field goal with 31 seconds left in the game allowed Loras to defeat Nebraska Wesleyan in Abel Stadium. The late score capped a combined 31 points and three turnovers between the two teams in the final quarter. 

The Prairie Wolves started the fury of points in the fourth quarter with a 49-yard scoring strike from Carter Terry to Kevin Tims. The score gave NWU a 23-14 lead just under 11 minutes into the fourth quarter. The drive started after Kodjo Atikpohou forced a fumble that was recovered by Andrew Ellerbee.

After Loras answered back just over a minute later, Nebraska Wesleyan countered again with an explosive scoring play. Terry tossed another touchdown strike, this one was 44 yards to David O’Connell to finish an eight play, 75 yard drive in less than three minutes. It also gave the Prairie Wolves a 30-21 advantage with 9:50 left. 

NWU looked like it would put the game away on the following drive after Jacob Leu recorded a sack on the first play then Dakota Prorok snagged an interception on the next play. But the Duhawks forced a turnover on the ensuing drive then made it a one possesion game with a score at the 4:38 mark.

Loras forced a punt the next time Nebraska Wesleyan had the ball. However, the Prairie Wolf defense answered back, making the Duhawks turnover it over on downs as Prorok stopped the receiver a yard short of the first down. But a turnover on downs on the next possession gave LC the ball back that set-up the game-winning drive.

Kevin Tims hauled in nine receptions for 204 yards, it is the first time a Nebraska Wesleyan receiver has eclipsed 200 receiving yards since October 4, 2014. Carter Terry threw for 322 yards on 18 completions, it is the second time this season Terry has thrown for more than 300 yards. 

Tims and Terry connected for three touchdowns, the first one went for 70 yards for the game’s first score. The second score was for 47 yards with 19 seconds left in the third quarter then the final score was from 49 yards out in the fourth quarter. 

Karrell Simpson and Zach Busmente combined for 24 tackles to lead the Prairie Wolf defense. Simpson led the team with 13 stops as Busmente added 11 stops. Jacob Leu recorded 1.5 sacks for 12 yards and three tackles-for-a-loss for 18 yards. The NWU defense forced Loras to turnover it over on downs four times, including a goal line stand in the third quarter to stop a 14 play, 79-yard drive. 

Concordia 7 Northwestern 31

Failure to take advantage of short fields caught up to the Concordia University Football team on Saturday (Sept. 25) in a 31-7 loss to No. 2 Northwestern, last season’s NAIA national runner up. Considering the strength of the opponent, the Bulldogs did not have much margin for error anyway. Concordia turned the ball over four times (one pick-six) and watched as Red Raider quarterback Blake Fryar made two impressive touchdown flicks to open up a comfortable lead for the visitors.

Head Coach Patrick Daberkow’s squad went 0-for-3 against the three 2020 NAIA playoff qualifiers within the conference. The Bulldogs stand at 1-3 with the victory coming over Briar Cliff two weeks ago.

“We just didn’t make enough plays,” Daberkow said. “We put our defense in a lot of sticky situations and we got out of most of them. I was really proud of their effort today. We have to find a way to score more points and do a better job of flipping the field on special teams. I thought we had some good things – we had a kick return that just about went (for a touchdown). We have to generate some points out of that.”

During the opening quarter, Concordia had two cracks inside the red zone and came away with no points to show for it. Both drives ended in missed field goals. Northwestern led by just three points at the end of a quarter. The game got away from the Bulldogs in the second quarter when the Red Raiders cashed three separate interceptions into three touchdowns. The scored score came after Tanner Oleson picked off DJ McGarvie and raced 19 yards for a Northwestern touchdown.

It was 24-0 before Concordia managed to dent the scoreboard. On McGarvie’s best throw of the day, he somehow threaded the needle on a 20-yard touchdown strike to Korrell Koehlmoos in the second quarter. It was a rare offensive highlight on a day when the Bulldogs were limited to 200 total yards. Sixty-five of them came on a Jonah Weyand rush that ended with Northwestern recovering a fumble in the third quarter.

A bright spot for Concordia was the play of corner and return man Isiaha Conner, who showed game breaking ability. He took a kickoff for 67 yards in the first quarter and later intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards. Conner’s pick set up the lone Concordia score of the game. The Las Vegas native also made six tackles, including one for loss.

Other than the 32- and 36-yard pass plays allowed for touchdowns, the Bulldog defense stood tall. The potent Red Raider offense did not have a scoring drive longer than 53 yards. Carson Core and Caydren Cox came through with big fourth down stops and linebacker Lane Napier enjoyed another fine day while collecting 18 tackles for the second week in a row. Cox was credited with two tackles for loss, including a sack. Jorge Ochoa also registered a sack.

With the help of that 65-yard carry, Weyand finished with 102 rushing yards on 16 carries. The Crete High School product had missed the previous two games. McGarvie went 11-for-30 for 100 yards with a touchdown and three picks. Koehlmoos caught four passes for 53 yards and a score.

Northwestern (5-0, 4-0 GPAC) has now won 16 of its last 17 games. Star receiver Cade Moser reeled in eight receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown. Fryar finished 20-for-28 for 235 yards and two scores. Running back Konner McQuillan carried the ball 12 times for 88 yards and a touchdown. The Red Raiders got 21 of their 31 points off turnovers.

Said Daberkow, “Having played three playoff teams out of four games, it’s important that we soak up the lessons that we learned and apply that moving forward. We’ve played really good competition and we have really good competition ahead of us. Our guys are playing hard. We have to stick with it and not get discouraged.”

It will be homecoming next Saturday (Oct. 2) when the Bulldogs will welcome Dakota Wesleyan (2-2, 2-1 GPAC) to town for a 1 p.m. CT kickoff. Concordia enjoyed a three-game series win streak over the Tigers until DWU got the best of the Bulldogs, 28-17, in Mitchell, S.D., in the 2020 regular season finale.

 

 

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