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Home Sports Hastings Tackles Bulldog Football in Strong Defensive Showing

By Nicholas Boys

Concordia’s football team was defeated 21-13 on Oct.20  by Hastings College. The Bulldogs gave up five turnovers which led to only two scores on the day, despite it being their best offensive showing this season in terms of yardage.

Junior running back Ryan Durdon led the way for the Bulldogs with 206 all-purpose yards. He also contributed a touchdown off a screen play from junior quarterback Andrew Perea in the first quarter. Sophomore Arthur Anderson also contributed 133 total yards and a touchdown. While the Bulldogs were able to move the football consistently all day, holding on to it was an issue. Anderson, Perea and Durdon all recorded fumbles, and Perea was also intercepted twice.

“We have to do a better job of finishing drives when we get into the red zone and not turn the ball over as much,” Durdon said.

Sophomore linebacker Lane Napier led a strong defense, keeping the Bulldogs in the game as the offense struggled to get in the end zone. Napier finished with 18 tackles, one for loss, along with junior Riley Bilstein who finished with 10 tackles, two for loss, and a sack.

“The defense played really well keeping us in it and not giving up many touchdowns off of our turnovers,” Durdon said.

The final drive of the day summed it up for the Bulldogs as they moved quickly down the field with a chance to tie the game before being stifled in the red zone in the last minute, with four plays going unconverted from the 10-yard-line. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 3-4 (2-4 GPAC) on the season, as they will attempt to bounce back next week with a tough trip to number one-ranked  Morningside College (8-0, 6-0 GPAC) in Sioux City.

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