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Photo Description: (from left) Gabe Schmidt and Carsen Arline wait on the sidelines

Photo Credit: CUNE Photo Gallery (Photo from previous game)

Madeline Peters

Sower Staff

The Concordia football team faced the Dordt University Defenders Saturday afternoon in Sioux Center, Iowa losing 38-7.

The Bulldog offense struggled to make plays, maintain the pocket and avoid turnovers as Dordt defended their undefeated record.

The first quarter of the game went scoreless with the two teams failing to find great success on their drives. Both defenses stopped the plays and showed little signs of allowing anything through. However, Dordt received an opportunity late in the quarter off an interception from Concordia quarterback, junior DJ McGarvie setting up their opponents close to their end zone right before the clock ran out.

The Defenders threw a 19-yard pass that was brought down just short of the endzone to start off the second quarter. Dordt quarterback, sophomore Kolson Kruse took the next play to waltz around the Concordia defense right into the endzone to put the first points on the board. After that, the defenses once again held their opposing offenses from racking up points. Concordia had a very promising drive near the end of the half, but once again McGarvie’s pass was intercepted and the Defenders were able to take it down the field and score a field goal to make the score 10-0 for Dordt.

The Bulldogs received the ball to start the second half of the game and set off to get on the board. Their hopes were dashed when McGarvie was sacked on a fourth-down turnover attempt giving the ball to Dordt who scored a touchdown on the drive. Sacks became an old friend for the Bulldog quarterback who was pulled down in the pocket seven times in the second half.

Concordia was not able to score until the fourth quarter when McGarvie threw an eight-yard pass to senior Carsen Arline. The Defenders, meanwhile, would score two more touchdowns each of them off of interceptions from McGarvie.

McGarvie had a 61 percent pass completion rate making 25 out of 41 attempted passes for a total of 217 passing yards. Junior Austen Jablonski was the lead receiver catching 10 passes for 75 receiving yards. Arline only caught five passes, but ended the game with a whopping 65 receiving yards. Senior Devin Ziegler led the team in rushing with a total of 31 yards.

As for the defense, junior Kyle Sterup had 11 tackles with eight solos and three assists. Sophomore Carson Fehlhafer had the lone sack of the game.

The Bulldogs now have a 1-2 record, but come back to Seward on Sept. 23 for their homecoming game against Dakota Wesleyan University with kickoff at 1 p.m.

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