SIOUX CENTER, IOWA – After dominating Briar Cliff University 62-26 in its opening game, the Waldorf University football team was on the losing end of a blowout in its 59-14 road loss to the Dordt University Defenders.
Waldorf (1-1) ran into a buzz saw on Saturday: the Dordt University running game.
After pounding Bethel College (Kan.) with 385 total rushing yards in its 44-10 win last weekend, Dordt (2-0) picked up right where it left off by controlling the line of scrimmage with 374 rushing yards.
Waldorf just couldn't stop Dordt running backs Keithen Drury and Kaderro Tamondong, who both finished the night with over 120 rushing yards. Drury impressively had 197 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns en route to a final statistic of over nine yards per carry. Tamondong never found the end zone, but he still rushed for 124 yards on 18 carries.
Waldorf found itself in an early hole after Dordt scored a touchdown and converted on a two-point conversion in the opening drive of the game. Waldorf went three-and-out on its first drive of the game, and after punting the ball back to Dordt, the Defenders went right down the field and converted on another two-point conversion to make it a 16-0 lead with 9:13 remaining in the first quarter.
The Warriors simply couldn't recover from the early 16-0 deficit. The Defenders would score 30 more unanswered points before the Warriors would score their first points of the night.
The Defenders started off the game with 46 unanswered points until Waldorf quarterback Hilton Joseph found wide receiver Benjamin Mau for an eight-yard touchdown reception with 7:14 remaining in the third quarter.
Joseph would throw another touchdown pass in the third quarter. Just before the clock expired, Joseph connected with tight end Cale Crowder for a two-yard touchdown reception. Joseph finished the day 16-29, 155 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
Joseph also led the Warriors rushing attack by carrying the ball 12 times for 60 yards. Mau was the Warriors' leading receiver by posting four receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown.
However, Waldorf's offense was completely shut down in the first half by the undefeated Dordt Defenders. Dordt entered halftime with a 39-0 insurmountable lead and never looked back.
A key moment in the game happened towards the middle of the first quarter. After Dordt scored and converted on its two-point attempt to make it 16-0, Waldorf's ensuing drive led to the team making it all the way to Dordt 41-yard line. Instead of punting on 4th-and-8, first-year head coach Josh Littrell decided to go for it and try to pick up the first down. Joseph's pass attempt to Mau was incomplete, and Dordt subsequently drove 59 yards the other way to make it 24-0.
In addition to Dordt's superior rushing attack, it was Dordt's defense who should also be credited in the blowout victory. Dordt's defense held Waldorf to under 100 yards rushing (97) and also forced and recovered two fumbles. The Defenders also had trouble holding onto the ball, as they fumbled three times and lost two of them.
In spite of the loss, Warriors punter/placekicker Adam Rademacher had a decent game. The freshman kicker from Ames, Iowa pinned the Defenders inside the 20-yard line on two different occasions. Rademacher finished the night with seven punts for 245 yards and a long of 40 yards.
The Warriors will try to improve to 2-1 when they go up against Presentation College on Sept. 16 at 1 p.m.