Vargas' Two Touchdowns Lift Tigers to Win
The Tiger football team picked up their first win of the season, notching a 26-14 victory over Concordia University on Saturday evening in Seward. The win moves the Tigers to 1-2 on the year and 1-1 in the conference while the Bulldogs fall to 0-2 overall and in the GPAC.
The Tigers out-scored Concordia 13-0 in the second half to erase a one-point deficit at halftime. Michael Vargas scored two touchdowns in the game for the Tigers. The Tiger defense limited Concordia to 277 total yards and shut the Bulldogs down on third and fourth down as they were a combined 3-of-14.
Concordia struck first in the ball game after forcing a Doane fumble as they put a touchdown on the scoreboard with 8:15 remaining in the first period. Kyle Schmidt found Derrick Woods in the end zone for a seven yard completion as Concordia took a 7-0 lead.
Doane came right back on their next possession, paced by Jaremy Puthoff's ground attack. The Tiger junior rushed for 57 yards on the 11 play drive that covered 75 yards. Vargas closed out the drive with a four-yard run for his first touchdown of the game with 2:58 remaining in the first quarter.
The Tigers took the lead in the second quarter as Andrew Nielsen converted on a pair of field goals. Nielsen hit a 35-yard field goal with 7:53 remaining in the half and added a 36-yard field goal with 1:44 remaining.
However, the Bulldogs went 67 yards over 10 plays to take the lead going into halftime, 14-13. The key play was a pass interference call against Doane on third down. Kyle Schmidt closed out the drive with a one-yard run.
In the third quarter, Doane took the lead back for good as Anthony Dunn hooked up with Jeremiah Saffold for a six-yard score. On the drive, Dunn was 7-of-7 for 54 yard through the air and added an 11 yard run to have a hand in on all 65 yards of the drive. Dunn connected with five different receivers including two receptions by Blake Erickson for 24 yards.
The Tigers final scoring drive came via the ground attack. Doane collected 64 yards on the ground during the drive. Tim Reed rushed for 35 of the yards while Vargas added 29 yards. Vargas closed out the drive with an 11-yard score to put Doane ahead by 12 points.
For the game, Doane totaled 235 yards on the ground and 162 through the air. Jaremy Puthoff finished with 92 rushing yards before injury forced him to the sideline. Tim Reed added 56 yards and Michael Vargas finished with 51.
Anthony Dunn completed 20-of-24 passes for 162 yards. He hooked up with Blake Erickson and Micah Marvin four times each. Jeremiah Saffold led the team with 40 yards receiving on three receptions.
Josh Milz led the defense with 10 total tackles, including seven solo. He also had one tackle for a six-yard loss. Selau Sunia notched seven total tackles, two solo, while Brian Luera finished with six total tackles, three solo.
The defense ended the game with five tackles for lost yardage. The Bulldog offense ended with five drives that accumulated less than 10 yards in each of those drives.