Northwestern Defense Slows Tigers
Northwestern College scored on four of their first five possessions and defeated Doane College, 43-9, on Saturday afternoon in Crete. The Red Raiders, ranked No. 10, improved to 6-1 overall and in the GPAC while Doane fell to 2-5 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
The Red Raiders jumped out to a 33-0 lead thanks in part to a pair of defensive touchdowns. Nathan Jansen took a 29-yard interception back in the first quarter and Austin Rozeboom recovered a fumble in the end zone in the third quarter for the defensive touchdowns. Kyle Ochsner added runs of 11 and 12 yards for touchdowns while Matt Roesner connected with Seth Moen for a 52 yard touchdown to build the Northwestern lead.
Doane got on the scoreboard with a 41-yard field goal from Dustin Groteluschen in the third quarter. Northwestern answered with a 36-yard field goal to move the lead back to 33 points.
In the fourth quarter, JR Artozqui connected with Eamonn Feeney for a 22-yard touchdown but the point after was missed. The Red Raiders added a touchdown pass late in the game to cap the scoring.
The Tiger defense held Northwestern 75 yards under their season average as the Red Raiders collected 254 total yards. They compiled 145 yards on the ground and 109 through the air on eight completions.
Josh Warren (Overton) led the Tigers with 12 total tackles, including two for lost yardage. He blocked the first point after attempt (PAT) the Red Raiders attempted on the day. Ryan Gruntorad (Lexington) added 11 total tackles. Seth Stystal (Beaver Crossing) and Hondo Fanning (Wauneta) added seven tackles and a sack apiece.
The Red Raiders received 63 rushing yards from Ochsner and 103 passing yards from Roesner. Moen had three receptions for 79 yards.
The Tiger offense was held in check much of the day, as the average starting field position was their own 32 yard line. In the first quarter, the Tigers average starting field position on five possessions was the Tiger 14 yard line. The Red Raiders limited Doane to 119 total yards, 84 yards through the air.
The ground game gained 102 yards but lost 67 yards through two sacks and two fumbles. Anthony Dunn (Papillion) finished as the Tiger's leading rusher, running for 24 yards on two carries. Michael Vargas (El Paso, Tex.) added 14 yards on six carries.
Through the air, Artozqui completed six passes for 63 yards. Dunn completed four passes for 21 yards. Feeney had one reception for 22 yards while Antony Ritton had two grabs for 17 yards.
The Red Raider defense was led by Grant Hegstad and Caleb Blauwet's nine total tackles apiece. Jansen finished with a game-high three tackles for lost yardage.
Doane will travel to Sioux Center, Iowa, to take on Dordt College on October 25 at 1:00 PM.