The Tiger football team picked up their first win of the season on Saturday afternoon with a 36-10 victory over Dordt College in the home opener. Doane moves to 1-1 overall while Dordt fell to 0-2 on the season.
Doane used a quick-strike aerial attack as four of the Tigers' five touchdown drives were less than three minutes long. Anthony Dunn led the attack as he threw five touchdown passes, finishing one shy of the school record. Dunn completed 19-of-24 passes for 320 yards, sixth most in school history.
The Tigers had nine receivers with a reception, led by Jeremiah Saffold and Jesse Ver Velde's four receptions. Ver Velde had 78 yards receiving while Saffold finished with 37 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Saffold's first score put the Tigers ahead in the game, 7-0. He made a leaping catch along the right sideline of the end zone to cap Doane's opening drive. Ver Velde finished with 32 total yards on the drive, 20 yards on a reception on the first play of the game and two rushes for 12 yards.
Doane's second drive of the game lasted 1:45 as Dunn completed three passes, including back-to-back 30-yard passes to Ver Velde and Blake Erickson. The latter was for a touchdown but the extra point was missed and Doane led 13-0.
Dordt used a 21-yard field goal to get on the scoreboard but the Tigers answered with a 21-yard field goal from Andrew Nielsen. Both scores came in the second quarter and the Tiger lead at halftime was 16-3.
Dordt took their opening drive of the second half down field for a touchdown to cut the Tiger lead to six points, 16-10. Sam Du Mez caught a 55-yard pass from back-up quarterback Micah Twedell.
Doane responded as Dunn completed 4-of-5 passes, including a 40-yard pass to Erickson for a touchdown, Erickson's second of the game. He also finished with a team-high 85 yards receiving. Doane missed the extra point opportunity, twice. A bobbled snap allowed for a missed PAT try but a facemask gave the Tigers another opportunity but they were unable to convert on the two-point try.
Leo Arroyo set up Doane's next drive with a 24-yard interception return to the Dordt 17-yard line. On the first play, Dunn found tight end Devon Niewohner for another score.
The Tigers closed out the scoring at the start of the fourth quarter. On Doane's longest drive of the game, 6:35, the offense marched 63 yards on 13 plays. Dunn found Saffold for an 11-yard pass over the middle to finish the drive.
Defensively, Doane intercepted three Dordt passing attempts including one midway through the first quarter. With the Tigers leading 13-0, the Defenders drove the length of the field to the Doane one-yard line. On second and goal, Dalton Ryba and Lance Shifflet held running back Josh VanKempen out of the end zone. On third and goal, Dordt used play action and Justin Knot tried to find a tight end over the middle but Brady Roeder stepped in front of the receiver for an interception in the end zone.
Brian Luera added a 28-yard interception in the fourth quarter for the third interception of the game for the Tiger defense.
Ryan Gruntorod led the defense with nine total tackles. Shifflet finished with eight tackles, one for a loss of yards. Selau Sunia was in on seven tackles and Joey Klinkacek had six tackles and one quarterback hurry.
Doane will face NAIA defending National Champion and #1 Sioux Falls next Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D.