Northwestern Jumps Out Early, Top Doane
Northwestern possessed a running attack that was too much for the Tigers on Saturday afternoon in Orange City and the Red Raiders defeated Doane, 49-23. Northwestern rushed for 329 yards and six touchdowns in their victory.
The Red Raiders jumped on the board with the first 28 points of the ball game with three of the touchdowns coming from Taylor Malm. Doane broke into the scoring column with a safety with 1:42 remaining in the second quarter and then scored on a 12-yard pass by Anthony Dunn to Tyrone Curry with 40 seconds remaining following the free kick after the safety.
To start the third quarter, Michael Vargas capped a six play drive with a 1-yard run and Doane closed the gap to 28-16. Northwestern bounced back with two touchdowns to build their lead back at 42-16. Vargas scored his second touchdown of the game with 3:29 remaining. Doane went for the on-side kick but was unsuccessful and Northwestern scored 13 seconds later to close out the scoring in the 49-23 final.
Northwestern finished with 398 total yards while Doane posted 287. Doane ran 19 more plays from scrimmage in the ball game.
Garrett Schroeder was the leading rusher for the Tigers, finishing with 32 yards. Vargas posted 30 yards to go with his two touchdowns.
Dunn threw for 177 yards on 22 completions. He had 51 pass attempts and threw two interceptions. Curry was the leading receiver with five receptions for 55 yards. Jeremiah Saffold had four receptions for 62 yards.
Ryan Gruntorad finished with a game-high 14 total tackles. Dalton Ryba added 12 total tackles, two for lost yardage. Josh Milz notched 11 total tackles.
Doane will host Dordt on October 24 at 1:00 PM.