Doane used a stingy defense and a few big plays to defeat Dana College, 33-16, in the regular season finale. Doane finishes the season with a 4-7 record overall and 3-7 mark in the GPAC.
Highlighting senior day was the play of defensive lineman Seth Styskal. Styskal finished with 3.5 sacks, bringing his season total to 11.5 and tying the school record. He also finished with 4.5 tackles for loss, bringing his total to 18.0 on the year while recording a tackle for loss in 14 consecutive games.
Doane jumped on the board first as Anthony Dunn scored on a three-yard run. The point after attempt was missed. Dana took the lead as the first quarter came to an end as Marcus Sladek rumbled 61 yards on a rollout quarterback keeper. The Vikings led 7-6 entering the second quarter.
Dana extended the lead as Mark Schlueter pulled down a seven-yard pass in the back of the end zone. The point after attempt was missed. The Tigers tied the score on a JR Artozqui to D'Artagnan Dai'Re 19-yard pass. As time expired in the second quarter, Dustin Groteluschen hit a 36-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 16-13 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Alex Hall picked up a fumble by Dunn and carried it into the end zone from one yard out to give the Tigers a 23-13 lead. Hall scored a second touchdown from three yards out 1:25 after his first score. The Tiger scores were keyed by the defense, as Pat Spangler intercepted a pass to set up the first score and Seth Styskal and Ryan Gruntorad collected a tackle on a fourth down attempt.
Dana returned to the scoreboard in the fourth quarter behind a 23-yard field goal by Zach Lesiak. Doane closed out the scoring as Groteluschen knocked in a 20-yard field goal with 6:28 remaining.
The only thing remaining in the mind of Tiger fans was Styskal's attempt to tie the school sack mark. On the final Dana possession, Styskal was in on two sacks including the final play of his defensive career, a fourth down stop.
Styskal finished with five solo tackles and three assist tackles in the game. Josh Warren and Pat Spangler were also in on seven tackles.
Hall led the ground game with 48 yards. Dunn threw for 145 yards on 8-of-10 passing. Antony Ritton led the receiving corps with four receptions and 87 yards.