Clarissa Kraayenbrink–Staff Writer
The Dordt College football team is defying odds.
Last Saturday, Oct. 14, Dordt hosted the 19th-ranked Hastings Broncos. In front of the Defender Days crowd, the Defenders downed the Broncos 30-23 in double overtime. Dordt defeated 12th-ranked Doane 21-16 the previous week on their home turf.
Dordt scored on the Broncos early in the first quarter when sophomore slot receiver Levi Jungling found the end zone for six points on a carry. Dordt attempted a two-point conversion after Jungling’s touchdown, but were unable to convert.
The Broncos answered less than two minutes later with a touchdown pass from quarterback Anthony Cloyd to wide receiver Rashaad Shamburger. Hastings kicked an extra point to take the lead 7-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Jungling caught an 88-yard pass from junior quarterback Brock Lamle at the beginning of the second quarter and ran it the rest of the way in for a touchdown. Dordt attempted their second two-point conversion after this touchdown that was also no good.
Hastings running back Tahj Willingham scored the next two touchdowns for the Broncos in the second and third quarters, respectively. The extra-point attempt after Willingham’s first score was unsuccessful and the score was 13-12 in favor of the Broncos heading into halftime.
Dordt’s successful two-point conversion came after sophomore tight end Jake Dodge ran in a three-yard pass from Lamle in the fourth quarter. After the touchdown, the Defenders decided to go for two points even after their first two two-point conversion attempts failed. Lamle received the snap and ran the ball in himself, tying the score at 20-20 with just under 10 minutes left in the game.
Hastings then pushed the ball into Dordt’s territory and attempted a field goal that was no good. Dordt got the ball back, and, on a potential game-winning pass, Hastings intercepted the throw in the end zone. Hastings started a drive that ended in another failed field goal, and neither team scored in the remainder of regulation.
Hastings started the first overtime with the ball and their drive ended in a 40-yard field goal from kicker Alex Stogdill. The Defenders got the ball back and needed a touchdown. Junior running back Keithen Drury took most of the carries in this overtime period, and all of the Defenders’ attempts at a touchdown failed. They had to settle for a 22-yard field goal from junior kicker Jeff Paepke, which sent the game into another overtime period.
Dordt had the first possession of the second overtime and began their drive. After four carries by sophomore running back Levi Schoonhoven, Lamle took the ball and ran just short of the end zone. Schoonhoven then got to finish what he started by running the ball one yard for a touchdown on the next play. Paepke’s extra-point kick was good.
The Broncos got the ball back to try to answer Dordt’s touchdown, but every attempt came up short. The end of the game came when Broncos wide receiver Noah Housh dropped a pass from Cloyd on fourth down, and the Defenders were finally able to celebrate their hard-fought homecoming win.
“We were confident and had great trust in our defense’s ability to get a stop, our kicker to make the kick and our offense to score,” senior center Griffin Pelot said of the double overtime game. “It was amazing to get a hard-fought victory knowing how many people were a part of it.”
Head coach Joel Penner teaches the team about being circumstance-proof, meaning that it doesn’t matter what is thrown at them, they need to be able to overcome. Pelot said that overtime was an example of that.
“We’ve been through hard times,” said senior offensive lineman Aaron Alegria. “Because of those hard times, a win like this matters a lot.”
By the numbers: Lamle was 7-12 with 154 passing yards, Drury had 204 rushing yards in 29 carries, Jungling had four receptions for 117 yards and Schoonhoven had 52 yards in 12 carries.