Mike Byker, Sports Information Director
MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dordt Defenders went on the road and earned their second win of the season with a convincing 47-10 victory over Dakota Wesleyan at Joe Quintal Stadium.
Michael Sondermann started the scoring with a one yard touchdown run with 9:44 left in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead. After Dordt (2-0) forced a second punt by Dakota Wesleyan’s Carter Schiebout scored on a two yard run to cap a five-play, 46-yard drive with 6:17 left in the quarter.
Wesleyan (0-3) got on the board with 1:55 left in the quarter on a Tate Gale 39 yard field goal but the Defenders had an answer with 20 unanswered points to close the half.
Clayberg plunged in from one yard out to cap an 85-yard drive and Hayden Large reeled in a three pass from Ethan Thomas with 3:56 left in the half to finish a 74 yard drive.
Wesleyan punted on its next possession and had Dordt pinned in its own territory inside the five yard line. An Anthony Trojahn 71 yard run tipped the field for Dordt and Clayberg ran 26 yards for the score on the next play to make the halftime score 33-3.
Wesleyan managed a 52-yard drive on its first possession of the second half but Dordt scored on drives of 96 and 85 yards to finish the scoring. One of the scores was another Schiebout touchdown run of nine yards and Raphael Carr caught a pass from Clayberg with 11:13 left in the game from 20 yards out.
Dordt’s defense made a stop late in the game when Wesleyan had first and goal inside the five yard line and didn’t allow the Tigers to find paydirt on their last possession of the game.
Dordt outgained Wesleyan 557-298, with 364 rushing yards, and had a 32-15 first down advantage.
Carter Schiebout ran for 119 yards on 15 carries and had two touchdowns.
Noah Clayberg was 13-18 passing for 177 yard and a touchdown, and rushed for 68 yards on eight carries with two more scores.
Levi Jungling caught nine passes for 117 yards.
Bryce Christian had 10 total tackles and Jessup Leakey had six tackles with a sack.
“Before kickoff today, we had put in 42 practices since mid-August and only one game,” head coach Joel Penner said. “Our guys were very eager to play and it showed right from the start. There were a lot of ‘firsts’ in this game; young players got opportunities to make plays. I was really proud of our goal line stand to finish the game defensively and our offense’s ability to control the line of scrimmage.
“We got a win and we came out healthy; it’s a great day to be a Defender!”
Dordt will next play on Saturday, Oct. 3 hosting Northwestern.