Crete, Nebraska — The Defender football team will travel to Crete, Nebraska to face Doane on Saturday, September 25 with kickoff at 1:00.
The Doane Tigers are 1-2 this season with a 17-3 win over Briar Cliff and losses to Morningside (56-14) and Northwestern (38-0). The Tigers are averaging 132 yards per game on the ground and 105 in the air and they allow 109 on the ground and 312 in the air. Doane is averaging 10.3 points per game on offense and give up 37 points per contest.
The Defenders are 2-1 this season with a pair of wins over Hastings (61-10) and Concordia (27-7) and a loss to Midland 25-24. The Defenders were rated no. 22 in the most recent NAIA poll. The Defenders get 501 yards on offense per game with 313 on the ground and 188 passing and the defense gives up 238 yards per contest with 81 yards on the ground given up and 157 passing yards. Dordt is outscoring teams 37-14.
Dordt has split the quarterbacking three ways so far this season with Kade McDaniel getting the start against Concordia. McDaniel is 14-24 passing for 173 yards and has run for 171 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns. Tyler Reynolds is 10-13 passing for 196 yards and has run for 28 yards. Ethan Thomas is 14-23 passing for 195 yards and he has run for 47 yards. Each Dordt quarterback has thrown two interceptions. Anthony Trojahn has run for 289 yards on 41 carries and Josh Bush has 163 yards on 25 rushes and Carter Schiebout has 121 yards gained on 25 carries. Bush has three touchdowns and Trojahn and Schiebout each have two touchdowns. Levi Jungling has 18 catches to lead Dordt with a 15.3 yards per catch average and two scores. Eli Boldan has 11 catches for 15.7 yards per catch.
Blade Koons has punted ten times this year for a 41.6 yards per punt average and Brett Zachman is 4-6 kicking field goals with a long of 41 and he is 12-13 on point after tries. Nathan Kabongo has six punt returns for a 17.7 average and Jungling has two kick returns with a 34.5 yards per return average.
Brayton Van Kekerix has 21 tackles with a forced fumble and Drew Daum has 15 tackles with a team high three sacks. Bryce Christian has 14 tackles with two sacks and Abe Stoesz has two sacks as well. Grant Hixson has two of Dordt’s five interceptions and three other players have an interception each. Dordt has ten sacks and has forced six turnovers.