Dakota Wesleyan Takes Victory Away from Doane
Dakota Wesleyan rallied with a touchdown late in the fourth quarter and held the Tigers on a fourth down attempt to defeat Doane 16-13.
Doane took their first lead early in the second quarter with a touchdown run by Justin Nelson. Nelson's five yard run was set up by a 44-yard interception return by Marcus Mitchell. DWU came back with two field goals in the final six minutes of the quarter to take a 9-7 lead. With 30 seconds left, the Tigers took possession at their own 35-yard line. JR Artozqui completed two passes to move the Tigers to the DWU 41 yard line. With seven seconds left, Artozqui threw one more pass to the end zone. The pass was nearly intercepted but ended in the hands of Mark Newmyer for a Doane touchdown. The extra point was missed and the Tigers took a 13-9 lead into halftime.
The Doane defense put on another impressive showing, holding DWU out of the endzone on five of their six trips into the red zone. DWU converted three field goals and was held on downs twice at the Doane five yard line. Dustin Lind and Simon Mitchell led the way for the Tigers with eight tackles. Hondo Fanning added six tackles including five solo.
Field position was a key factor in the game as DWU's average starting position was on their 41 yard line while Doane's was on their own 30. In the second half, the Tigers were pinned back as their average start was at the 19 yard line.
Nelson had a big game on the ground for Doane, rushing for 109 yards. Artozqui had a solid game through the air, throwing for 146 yards on 15-25 passing. Alex Renshaw had four receptions for 31 yards and Mark Newmyer had three catches for 62 yards.