Dakota Wesleyan Holds Off Doane Rally
The battle of the Tigers went the way of Dakota Wesleyan this year as DWU picked up a 42-32 win over Doane on Homecoming. Doane falls to 1-5 on the year while DWU improves to 2-4.
Doane struck early in the second quarter on a nine play drive that ended with Michael Vargas finishing the drive on a two-yard run. Dakota Wesleyan came back with two touchdowns in a span of three minutes to take a 14-7 lead over Doane. Doane closed the gap going into halftime as Andrew Nielsen hit a 30 yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining.
In the third quarter, Doane took the opening drive down for a touchdown and a 17-14 lead. Vargas scored for the second time in the game to give Doane the lead.
However, Dakota Wesleyan ran off 21 unanswered points to take a 35-17 lead over Doane. Late in the fourth quarter, Anthony Dunn found Tyrone Curry for an 11-yard touchdown pass and Doane cut the lead to 10 points following a Vargas run for two points.
With Doane trailing by 10 points, the defense held and Doane took possession and drove 77 yards to cut the lead to three points when Dunn found Eamonn Feeney for a touchdown.
Dakota Wesleyan sealed the game after Doane was unable to get the on-sides kick. DWU was able to run off nearly three minutes and on fourth down, the northern Tigers went to the air and found a receiver behind the Doane defense for a touchdown and the final score of the game.
The two teams combined for 803 yards on the cold, 30-degree day. For Doane, Vargas posted 80 yards rushing. Dunn threw for 241 yards on 20 completions. Dunn's top target was Feeney as he posted 104 yards on seven receptions.
DWU received 101 yards on the ground and two touchdowns from Raymond Blossom. Russell Mcguire threw for 204 yards on 16 completions.
Dalton Ryba posted 10 total tackles and a tackle for loss to lead Doane. Rob Keeney added nine total tackles. Derek Washington led DWU with 11 total tackles.