Tigers Struggle in Home Battle
The Doane football was never able to get consistently in sync on either side of the ball and they suffered a 37-3 setback to Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon in Crete. The loss moved the Tigers record to 1-3 overall and in the GPAC.
The lone Tiger score came on a 25-yard field goal by Andrew Nielsen in the second quarter of play. The three-point try cut the DWU lead to four points at 7-3 but the Tigers in blue posted 16 points before half to take a 23-3 lead to the break.
Dakota Wesleyan totaled 536 total yards in offense compared to Doane's 172 yards. Both teams were heavily penalized, combining for 22 penalties (declined penalties not included) and 228 yards.
Tim Reed led the Tiger ground attack with 27 yards on nine carries. Alex Dose added 13 yards on four carries.
Anthony Dunn went 8-of-18 for 104 yards while Jeff Weander was 5-of-10 for 49 yards.
Tyrone Curry had three receptions for 50 yards while Jeremiah Saffold, Eamonn Feeney, Jesse Ver Velde and Reed each had two receptions.
Brett Eyer, in his first game out with the Tigers, averaged 40.2 yards per punt on six punts. Nielsen averaged 63.7 yards on his kickoffs.
Defensively, the Tiger linebacker corps led the way in tackles. Lance Shifflet, Ryan Gruntorad and Dalton Ryba posted 10 total tackles each. Ryba and Nathan Wragge had a tackle for loss.
The Doane defense did force three turnovers, intercepting three passes. Brady Roeder had an interception in the end zone for the second straight home game. Josh Milz and Brandon Sharp-Haun also added interceptions. Steven Wardlaw blocked a punt that led to the Tiger field goal.