Dordt College News

Dordt-Northwestern Football Saturday

October 24, 2013

ON THE DOCKET… Dordt College will host Northwestern on Saturday, October 26 with kickoff at 1:00.  You can hear the game on KDCR 88.5 FM and there will be a video webstream on the internet at  Results at the end of the game can be found online at ; and you can follow us on Twitter at

THE FOE… Northwestern is currently in the receiving votes category of the NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll and stand 4-2 overall and is 3-2 in the GPAC.  The losses for Northwestern are to Doane and Nebraska Wesleyan but they have a win over nationally ranked Concordia to their credit in their most recent game.

The Raiders have outgained teams on the ground 1,193 to 787 and have thrown for 1,365 yards to 1,723 for opponents.

Theo Bartman has run for 461 yards for a 5.4 yards per rush average and he has a team high three rushing scores, tied with Davis Bloemendaal for the team honors.  Jessie Riley has 324 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns and Paul Hutson has a 4.7 yards per carry average to go with two scores and he has 55 rushing attempts.  Bloemendaal is 109-190 in the air for 1,346  yards and 13 touchdowns.  His favorite targets are Ben Green and Bryce Byker.  Green has 38 catches for 581 yards and eight scores while Byker has 28 catches for a 12.9 yards per catch average and three touchdowns.

Isaiah Twitty has 68 tackles and seven for loss with three sacks.  Greg Hegstad has been in 60 tackles and has an interception.  Brent Coston has 40 stops and Nate Van Ginkel has 38 tackles with an interception.

Green has returned five punts for a 17.4 yards per return average. Julian Dittman is 2-3 on field goals with a long of 35 and Levi Ettleman has punted six times for a 37.7 per punt average.

THE DEFENDERS… Dordt College is 2-5 this season and 0-5 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.  Dordt’s wins are over Dakota State and Trinity Bible.  The Defenders are coming off a 28-0 loss to Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln last week. 

The Defenders have been shut out twice this season and have scored at least 14 points in each of their other five games.
Dordt has run for 1,439 yards this season and has allowed 1,316 yards.  The Defenders gain 272 yards per game while opponents run for 188 on average and get 231 in the air.  Dordt has turned the football over 19 times while forcing 13 turnovers.

Dordt’s defense is led by Seth Vande Voort with 74 tackles and he has an interception.  Jake Atkinson has 59 tackles with two interceptions and Cole McClain’s 50 tackles rank third on the team with a fumble recovery.  Micah Applegate has a team high two quarterback sacks and Camren Pitre has a team high two interceptions.

Lenard Manuel has 347 rushing yards with a 4.4 yards per carry average. Daniel Fennig has run for 290 yards with a 7.3 yards per carry average.  Erin Francis has 255 yards and Thomas Newman 164.  Manuel has three rushing touchdowns to lead the team in that category while Fennig, Francis and Newman all have two.  Sam Verhulst has 16 catches for an 18.3 yards per reception average and he has three catches for touchdowns.  Darryl Van Grouw has eight catches for 104 yards and has two touchdowns.  Thomas Newman is 18-44 passing for 280 yards and three aerial strikes.

Heath Bonestroo has punted 44 times for a 39.5 average and has a long of 62 yards.  Barry Dykstra handles the placekicking chores and is 15-16 on point after attempts.  Trai Pickney has nine kick returns for a 17.1 yards per return and Fennig has handled nine kicks for a 13.9 yard average.

PREVIOUSLY…Dordt lost to Nebraska Wesleyan 28-0 last Saturday after trailing 7-0 at halftime. Two early scores in the fourth quarter pushed a 14-0 lead to 28-0 and that’s how it ended.  Dordt was outgained 346-100 with Manuel gaining 40 yards and Francis 20 on the ground.  Verhulst had 29 yards on four receptions and Darryl Van Grouw had two catches for 19 yards.  Vanoy Harris had 12 tackles in his first play of the season and Atkinson had ten tackles with Vande Voort in on nine.

Northwestern came from behind early in the fourth quarter to beat Concordia 30-28.  Northwestern trailed 22-16 with 10:18 left in the game.  A Jessie Riley 69 yard run gave the Raiders the lead for good and Paul Hutson capped an 82 yard drive with a six yard plunge with 3:44 left to take a 30-22 lead.  Concordia had a chance to tie it after a 57 yard drive of their own with 1:59 left but a two point conversion was no good, preserving the win for Northwestern.  Riley and Hutson had 116 and 115 yards respectively and Bartman did not play.  Bloemendaal was 16-28 for 172 yards passing and Green had five catches for 52 yards and Byker three for 32.  Hegstad as in on 17 tackles and forced a fumble.  Twitty had 14 tackles and Mitchell Janssen had 2.5 quarterback sacks.  Northwestern was outgained 400-360.

HISTORY… Dordt and Northwestern played on November 10 last year and Northwestern won 55-7 with Dordt scoring on a David Griess reception with 6:18 left in the third quarter.  Northwestern struck quickly with two scores in the first five minutes of the game and the hosts had six first half touchdowns.  Brandon Smith ran for 116 yards and Bartman 108 for the winners.  Josh Van Kempen had 50 yards on 12 carries for the Defenders and Griess had three catches for 53 yards.  Bloemendaal was 18-24 passing for 239 yards with three touchdowns and Byker had seven catches for 99 yards.  Jordan Carlson made 10 tackles for Northwestern while Seth Vande Voort had 16 stops for Dordt and Sam Ashmore had ten.

Offense-Ben Buma (Freshman; Olympia, Washington)
Defense-Vanoy Harris (Sophomore; Arlington, Texas)
Special Teams-Lenard Manuel (Senior; Kansas City, Missouri)
Scout Team Offense: Justice Rosario (Freshman; Ramona, California)
Scout Team Defense-Josh Schenk (Freshma; Sioux Center, Iowa)
Scout Team Special Teams-Trent Buxman (Freshman; Greeley, Colorado)

AROUND THE CORNER… Northwestern will host Hastings on November 2 before hosing Morningside the following week.
Dordt will travel to Crete, Nebraska on Saturday, November 2 in its next contest and will be on the road on November 9 as well as they travel to Hastings.

GPAC RACE…(after October 19 games)
Morningside 5-0/6-0
Concordia  4-1/6-1
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-2/4-3
Dakota Wesleyan 3-2/4-3
Doane  3-2/3-3
Northwestern 3-2/4-2
Briar Cliff 2-3/3-4
Midland 2-3/3-3
Dordt College 0-5/2-5
Hastings 0-6/1-6

August 31
Midland 31 Mayville State  27
Benedictine 30 Briar Cliff 9

September 5
Concordia 30 William Jewell 15

September 7
Tabor College 10, Nebraska Wesleyan University 9
Wisconsin-Stout 35, Dakota Wesleyan University 20
Hastings College 38, Kansas Wesleyan University 20
Dordt College 14, Dakota State University 13
Northwestern College 55, Bacone College 37
Morningside College 56, Valley City State University 28
Friends University 24, Doane College 21 (OT)

September 14
Midland University 21, Dordt College 18
Doane College 34, Northwestern College 27
Dakota Wesleyan University 56, Briar Cliff University 15
Concordia University 26, Hastings College 21
Morningside College 48, Nebraska Wesleyan University 10

September 21
Concordia University 35, Midland University 14
Morningside College 79, Dordt College 14
Nebraska Wesleyan University 31, Briar Cliff University 7
Northwestern College 49, Dakota Wesleyan University 42
Doane College 62, Hastings College 7

September 28
Doane College 42, Midland University 0
Dakota Wesleyan University 28, Hastings College 19
Briar Cliff University 54, Dordt College 14
Nebraska Wesleyan University 22, Northwestern College 8
Concordia University 24, Dakota State University 0

Saturday, October 5
Morningside College 32, Midland University 7
Briar Cliff University 12, Hastings College 7
Concordia University 32, Dordt College 0
Nebraska Wesleyan University 20, Doane College 19
Dakota Wesleyan University 23, Dakota State University 14
Saturday, October 12
Dordt College 56, Trinity Bible College 27
Concordia University 19, Nebraska Wesleyan University 3
Dakota Wesleyan University 31, Doane College 20
Morningside College 44, Hastings College 3
Northwestern College 24, Briar Cliff University 17

Saturday, October 19
Midland University 61, Hastings College 35
Nebraska Wesleyan University 28, Dordt College 0
Morningside College 62, Dakota Wesleyan University 27
Northwestern College 30, Concordia University 28
Briar Cliff University 37, Dakota State University 31

Saturday, October 26
Northwestern @ Dordt College
Briar Cliff @ Morningside
Doane @ Concordia
Dakota Wesleyan @ Midland

Saturday, November 2
Dordt @ Doane
Hastings @ Northwestern
Nebraska Wesleyan @ Dakota Wesleyan
Morningside @ Concordia
Midland @ Briar Cliff

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