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Midland Lutheran Controls Ground Game

Midland Lutheran Controls Ground Game

The Tigers dropped to 0-2 on the young season after a 24-7 loss to Midland Lutheran College in Fremont.  MLC dominated on the ground, collecting 301 net rushing yards to Doane's 86 rushing yards.  Dustin Lindstrom ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns for the Warriors.  The Tigers were led by Justin Nelson's 62 yards rushing.  Alex Renshaw added 17 yards and a touchdown.  Bryan Dutcher was 11 of 20 through the air for 98 passing yards.  Matt Barth collected four receptions for 63 yards.

The Tigers only scoring drive of the day came after the defense held Midland Lutheran on four plays near the goal line and forced a turnover on downs.  Doane then went 99 yards on 14 plays to score their only touchdown.  Turnovers plagued the Tiger offense in the first half.  The first two possessions of the game for Doane ended with a fumble and an interception.  MLC missed a field goal on their first possession but came back and scored a touchdown for the first points of the game.  After the Tigers missed a field goal, the Warriors drove 80 yards for a touchdown to go up 14-0.  Just before the half, Doane fumbled and MLC took advantage and scored three more points when  Zac Gradoville hit a 52-yard field goal.

The Tiger defense was led by Toby Hite's 11 total tackles.  He had nine solo tackles, including one for a loss of one yard.  Will Sadowski added 11 tackles, four solos.  Logan Papik had eight tackles and one pass break-up.  Dustin Lind had seven tackles, including two for a loss of 12 total yards.  Kedrick Kelley also had seven tackles, one for a loss of six yards.

For the game, MLC was 8 of 14 on third down while Doane was held to 2 of 11.  Doane was 2 of 2 on fourth down while MLC was 1 of 3.  MLC won the time of possession battle 36:02 to 23:58, typical of the Warrior rushing attack.  Doane will be at home on Sept. 16 when they host Northwestern College at 7:00 pm.