By Nicholas Boys
The Concordia football team defeated Jamestown University 16-13 on the road on Saturday afternoon. Despite being outgained 347-144 in total yardage, the Bulldogs were able to hold strong for a victory through some tough and timely defense. A fourth-quarter touchdown from junior running back Ryan Durdon proved to be the difference in the end, sending the Bulldogs to 2-0 on the season.
“It was amazing our defense held them to only two field goals and a touchdown and gave us time to get it together on offense,” Durdon said. “Luckily we were able to find the end zone twice and the defense was huge shutting them down late in the fourth quarter.”
The strong defensive performance was led by sophomore linebacker Lane Napier. Napier finished with 18 tackles including 2.5 for loss. The Bulldog defense was on the field for almost 70 percent of the total snaps and overcame the stat sheet to provide a gritty victory.
“As an offense we are grateful of the job the defense did today and we know we will have to play better as an offense in the future to ensure a victory,” Durdon said.
Durdon provided the bulk of the offense by getting into the end zone twice, but the defense was the story of the day. Junior Zac Walter and senior Kordell Glause pitched in with timely sacks while the Bulldogs limited five red-zone trips by Jamestown to only one touchdown.
This victory pushed the Bulldogs to 2-0 on the season and made their eight-hour bus trip home all the sweeter as they look forward to Homecoming next week against no. 24 Midland University. The loss pushes Jamestown to 1-3 on the season as they prepare to get back on track with a trip to Doane University next weekend.