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The Doane football took advantage of a week off and made a few tweaks to the offense and defense, all of it leading to a 42-14 victory over Concordia University on Homecoming. The win moved the Tigers' mark to 2-3 on the season.
In a game that had the potential to be a defensive battle when looking into the statistics entering the game, the complete opposite happened from the opening kickoff. Doane took the opening kick-off and returned it to the 43 yard line of the Tigers. They then marched 57 yards for a touchdown, capped by a five-yard Tim Reed touchdown.
Concordia came right back with their drive and went 73 yards on eight plays for a touchdown. The drive was capped by a Austin Freudenberg two-yard run.
Tim Reed capped the next Tiger drive with a 19-yard run for a touchdown to give the Tigers a 14-7 lead. Doane went 72 yards on seven plays. Concordia came right back with a touchdown of their own as Cohl Tufford scored on a two-yard run to tie the game.
Doane looked poised to take the next possession down for another score but on a screen pass, the intended receiver was hit as the ball arrived and the ball deflected into the hands of a Concordia defender.
Concordia took their next possession into Tiger territory but the Doane defense came up with a big hit as Ryan Dirkschneider forced a fumble that was recovered by Brady Roeder.
Doane went 51 yards on seven plays to break the tie heading into halftime, 21-14. Jaremy Puthoff capped the drive with a seven-yard run.
In the second half, the momentum of the entire game swung on one play. After an exchange of possessions, Concordia had fourth-and-inches at their own 48-yard line. The Doane interior line stopped an attempted quarterback sneak to give possession to the Tigers. Doane then needed just three plays to score another touchdown and Tim Reed scored his third of the game on a 33-yard run.
Concordia once again looked to drive the field but on fourth down with six yards to go, Michael Winter intercepted a pass to give the Tigers possession. Four plays later, Anthony Dunn threw a pass down the middle of the field that was nearly intercepted. However, it was the Tigers day as the ball deflected to Jesse Ver Velde and he took it 54 yards for a score.
In the fourth quarter, the Tigers picked up their second stop on downs as Selau Sunia forced a bad pass by Tuffold as it fell incomplete. Doane took possession at their own 49-yard line marched 51 yards on six plays for a touchdown. Puthoff scored his second touchdown of the day, the final one from one-yard out.
Following the first two Concordia possessions that resulted in touchdowns, the Doane defense forced five turnovers and made two stops on fourth down on the next seven possessions.
Cody Fanning led the defense in tackles as he finished with eight, four solo. The Tigers posted four tackles for loss, 1.5 tackles coming from Cason Christensen. Christensen also forced a fumble. Kent McCrimmon and Dirkschneider also forced fumbles, the Tigers recovered two of the three Bulldog fumbles. Scooping up the fumbles were Josh Milz and Roeder.
Doane posted three interceptions on the day as well. In addition to Winter's interception, Dirkschneider and Byron Evans also had picks. Evans' interception was in the end zone just before halftime.
Offensively, the Tigers' posted a balance attack as they collected 421 yards. The ground game picked up 202 yards while the aerial attack accounted for 219 yards.
Reed finished with 92 yards on 10 carries. Puthoff added 69 yards on 14 attempts. Doane had 40 rush attempts for the game, averaging 5.1 yards per carry.
Dunn led the passing game with 11 completions for 209 yards and a score. Reid Rando completed one pass for 10 yards.
The receiving corps was led by Jeremiah Saffold's three receptions for 38 yards. Ver Velde finished with two catches for 64 yards. Devon Niewohner had 35 yards on two catches while Tyrone Curry and Eamonn Feeney accounted for 33 and 30 yards, respectively, on two catches apiece. Garrett Schroeder had one reception for 19 yards.
Andrew Nielsen was strong for the Tiger kicking game, going 6-for-6 in point after touchdown tries. He also averaged 62.4 yards per kick-off which led to the Bulldogs starting six of seven possessions inside their own 27 yard line.
Doane will travel to Midland on October 16. The game in Fremont is an 11:30 AM kick-off for the Warrior's Homecoming game.