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Doane Closes Out Season with Victory

Doane closed out the 2009 season winning their last two games after winning at Dana College, 24-21. The Tigers finish the season 4-7 overall and 4-6 in the GPAC. The four-win total is the third straight for the Tigers.

Dana jumped on the board first with a field goal but Doane came right back on the next possession and Michael Vargas scored on a 12-yard run to put the Tigers ahead, 7-3. The Vikings added a field goal to cut the lead to one, 7-6.

In the second quarter, Andrew Nielsen knocked in a 34-yard field goal to put Doane up 10-6. Following a turnover, Doane needed just one play, a 47-yard pass from Anthony Dunn to Tyrone Curry, to build their lead to 17-6. Dana took advantage of a couple bad snaps from center against Doane and forced a turnover on downs just before halftime and took possession at the Doane 30. Four plays later, the Vikings had marched 30 yards for a touchdown to cut the Tiger lead to 17-13 entering halftime.

In the second half, Vargas scored on an eight-yard run to give Doane a 24-13 lead. His second touchdown gave him 10 on the year and he becomes the first Tiger since 2000 to rush for 10 touchdowns in a season. The last to accomplish the feat is current running backs coach, Raymonn Adams.

Dana picked up a touchdown with 26 seconds remaining and converted the two-point try to cut the lead to three but the Tigers recovered the on-side kick attempt and ran out the final seconds to close out the win.

Vargas finished his career on Saturday with a team-high 74 yards on 20 carries. Garrett Schroeder rushed for 24 yards and Eamonn Feeney picked up 22 yards on the ground.

Dunn completed 15-of-25 for 174 yards and one touchdown. Curry led the team with six receptions for 73 yards. Jeremiah Saffold finished with four catches and 41 yards.

Defensively, Doane was paced by 10 tackles for loss on the day, two coming from David Wragge. Trevor Wit was credited with 1.5 tackles for loss. Josh Milz finished with nine total tackles, including one for a loss of nine yards. Steven Wardlaw posted eight total tackles and a pass break-up.

Vince Martinez recovered a fumble and notched an interception for the Tiger defense. Selau Sunia also recovered a fumble for Doane.