photo by Alexa Swenson
by Madeline Peters
The Concordia football team fell to Northwestern College 31-7 Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs defense kept Northwestern from doing too much, forcing two 4th down turnovers. Defense players Caydren Cox and Jorge Ochoa came up with sacks against the Northwestern offense. The defense also created two turnovers, one fumble recovery and one interception. Conner also ran for 98 total yards on two kickoff returns.
Coach Patrick Daberkow appreciated the efforts of his defense and special teams Saturday afternoon as part of the team’s overall goal.
He wanted to “Play a 60-minute football game and execute just the same as any game; approach it the same way we do any other game and trust the process.”
Despite the efforts of the Bulldog defense, the No. 2 ranked Raiders pulled away in the contest by scoring 21 points in the second quarter alone.
The Bulldogs offense only managed 200 yards of offense, 100 yards in the air and the other 100 yards on the ground. Quarterback DJ McGarvie threw three interceptions on three consecutive possessions in the second quarter, all leading to Northwestern touchdowns.
Coach Daberkow said there were missed opportunities, and work will be done to spot mistakes and eliminate those errors in the future.
“We’ll watch the film and we’ll see what they can do to get better,” Daberkow said.
Concordia is now 1-3 in the GPAC conference. Concordia plays Dakota Wesleyan University next week in its Homecoming game.