|Aug. 28||#22 Peru State||Peru, Neb.||W 13-7|
Nebraska Wesleyan University*
Dakota Wesleyan University*
Midland Lutheran College*
Briar Cliff University*
Sioux City, Iowa
Orange City, Iowa
University of Sioux Falls*
Sioux Falls, S.D.
All Contests are Great Plains Athletic Conference Games
All Home Games in BOLD
|1||Brian Bresee||K||6’0”||250||Fr.||Napa, CA|
|2||Noah Smith||DB||5’10”||190||So.||Palm Harbor, FL|
|3||Stephen Ford||LB||6’2”||220||Fr.||Greenville, TX|
|4||Colten Quinabo||WR||5’11”||190||Jr.||Wailuku, HI|
|5||Jake Griedl||RB/WR||5’10”||190||Sr.||Tomball, TX|
|6||Steven Musselwhite||DB||5’10”||190||Fr.||St. Louis, MO|
|7||Jerrod Fleming||LB||6’0”||210||Jr.||Houston, TX|
|8||Zack Warner||WR||5’11”||190||So.||Palmyra, NE|
|9||Alex Deeter||DB||5’11”||180||So.||Seward, NE|
|10||Cody Larson||QB||5’11”||185||Fr.||Baytown, TX|
|11||Preston Harris||DB||6’2”||205||Sr.||Lincoln, NE|
|12||Nate Sindt||TE||6’2”||220||Sr.||Scottsbluff, NE|
|13||Jake Gieselman||DB||5’10”||195||Fr.||Malcolm, NE|
|14||Taylor Sorenson||WR||5’10”||180||So.||Paso Robles, CA|
|15||TJ Shirey||QB||6’1”||180||Jr.||Houston, TX|
|16||Cohl Tufford||QB||6’0”||175||Fr.||Richardson, TX|
|17||Deleon Dallas||WR||6’3”||225||So.||San Diego, CA|
|18||Derek Blessing||RB||5’10”||190||Fr.||Ogallala, NE|
|19||Joshua Brown||QB||6’4”||190||Fr.||Aurora, CO|
|20||Charles Dunbar||DB||5’10”||170||So.||St. Louis, MO|
|21||Grant Rolfsmeier||DB||5’10”||180||Sr.||Seward, NE|
|22||Jamarcus Walker||WR||5’11”||190||Jr.||Houston, TX|
|23||Jacob Harmon||RB||5’8”||175||Jr.||Giltner, NE|
|24||Akeem Christian||RB||5’10”||195||Jr.||Santa Ana, CA|
|25||Heath Broekemeier||DB||5’11”||190||Jr.||Prairie Grove, AR|
|26||Austin Neesen||DB||5’10”||185||Jr.||West Point, NE|
|27||Pat Tyrance||DB||6’0”||190||Jr.||Lincoln, NE|
|28||Austin Freudenberg||LB||6’1”||215||Sr.||Madison, NE|
|29||Ben Klein||DB||6’2”||210||Jr.||Dallas, TX|
|30||Eric Hyde||RB||5’9”||180||So.||Lincoln, NE|
|31||Kristopher Kaczanowski||RB||5’10”||200||Fr.||Kearney, NE|
|32||Ryan Meyer||DB||5’9”||175||Fr.||Daykin, NE|
|33||Drew Baxter||DB||5’10”||190||Fr.||Rockwall, TX|
|34||Aaron Gillory||RB||6’0”||230||So.||Houston, TX|
|35||Martin Rodriguez||DB||5’11”||190||Jr.||Tucson, AZ|
|36||Jeff Balz||DB||5’11”||175||So.||Elkhorn, NE|
|37||Jared Hodgson||RB||5’10”||195||Fr.||Overton, NE|
|38||Joseph Marshall||RB||6’0”||185||Fr.||Malcolm, NE|
|39||Thomas Malander||DB||6’0”||195||So.||Fullerton, NE|
|40||Tyler Broekemeier||LB||5’11”||195||Fr.||Elk Point, SD|
|41||Josh Menke||TE||6’0”||220||Sr.||Pfluegerville, TX|
|42||Langston Jones||LB||6’1”||215||Fr.||Loveland, CO|
|43||Dan Margritz||FB||6’1”||200||Jr.||Lexington, NE|
|44||Will Cox||LB||6’2”||225||So.||Paducah, KY|
|45||Rusty McConnell||LB||6’0”||205||Sr.||Peoria, AZ|
|46||Keith Rowlett||DE||6'3"||230||Jr.||Lodgepole, NE|
|47||Tobias Martin||LB||5’11”||190||Fr.||Wahoo, NE|
|48||Michael Stelling||LB||6’0”||230||Jr.||Plainview, NE|
|49||Jordan Brockman||LB||6'3"||235||Sr.||Lincoln, NE|
|50||Aleksandre Strehlke||LB||5’10”||170||Fr.||Mayer, MN|
|51||Justin Kallhoff||LB||5’10”||190||Fr.||Elgin, NE|
|52||Kyle Little||LB||6’1”||215||So.||Johnson, NE|
|53||Sean Smith||DE||6’1”||215||Fr.||Wahoo, NE|
|54||Colton Schneider||LB||6’1”||205||Fr.||Millarville, AB|
|55||Nick Yosten||LB||5’10”||190||Sr.||Plainview, NE|
|56||Dylan Heithoff||DE||6’5”||225||Fr.||Elgin, NE|
|57||Michael Voelker||DE||6'2"||240||So.||Linn, KS|
|58||Micah Pomerenke||DE||6’2”||230||So.||Seward, NE|
|59||Cody Hawk||DE||6’2”||220||Fr.||Dodge, NE|
|60||Brenton Whitaker||OL||6’0”||280||Jr.||Royse City, TX|
|61||Zach Domingues||OL||6’1”||255||Fr.||Seattle, WA|
|62||Adam Faulstich||OL||6’2”||280||So.||Concordia, MO|
|63||Tom Forke||OL||6’2”||215||Fr.||Mequon, WI|
|64||Alex Callan||OL||6’3”||220||So.||Wahoo, NE|
|65||Brian Quinn||OL||6’1”||260||Fr.||Bellevue, NE|
|66||Tyler Schik||OL||6’0”||245||Sr.||Hastings, NE|
|67||Daniel Chrismer||OL||6’0”||245||So.||St. Charles, MO|
|68||Taylor Austin||OL||6’3”||290||Sr.||Colorado Springs, CO|
|69||Aaron Roberson||OL||6’4”||255||Fr.||Alda, NE|
|70||Matt Ridge||DL||6'2"||270||Sr.||Buckeye, AZ|
|71||Adam Lueders||OL||6’7”||280||Fr.||Johnson, NE|
|72||Corbin Jones||OL||6’4”||305||Jr.||Loveland, CO|
|73||Charles Washington||OL||6'2"||265||Jr.||Houston, TX|
|74||Peter Jene||OL||6’1”||250||Fr.||Milwaukee, WI|
|75||Joshua Weber||OL||6’1”||245||So.||Pierce, NE|
|76||Tyler Carter||OL||6’0”||255||Jr.||Glenwood, IA|
|77||Nick Troxel||OL||6’1”||225||Fr.||Lincoln, NE|
|78||Seth Elley||OL||6'3"||310||Jr.||Hastings, NE|
|79||Mitchell Cherney||OL||6’8”||315||Fr.||Burnsville, MN|
|80||CJ Anderson||WR||6’3”||200||Fr.||Brenham, TX|
|81||Kyle Hoffman||WR||6’3”||200||Jr.||Phoenix, AZ|
|82||Ben Eckhoff||WR||6’0”||175||Jr.||East Peoria, IL|
|83||Danny Hassler||DL||6’1”||215||Fr.||Dodge, NE|
|84||Steve Jostes||WR||6’3”||195||So.||Norfolk, NE|
|85||Jordan Larrington||TE||6’3”||205||Fr.||Elm Creek, NE|
|86||Kenny Zoeller||K||6’1”||170||So.||Spring, TX|
|87||Derek Klaus||WR||6’0”||190||Fr.||Beatrice, NE|
|89||Tyler Mattlin||WR||5’11”||175||Fr.||Odessa, MO|
|90||Derek Rodine||DL||6’1”||250||Jr.||Polk, NE|
|91||Levi Wiseman||DE||6’4”||220||Jr.||La Grande, OR|
|92||Barry Owens||DE||6’2”||220||Fr.||Palm Harbor, FL|
|93||Brandon McWilliams||DL||6’0”||290||Jr.||Lincoln, NE|
|94||Bobby Cody||DL||6’1”||260||So.||Alamosa, CO|
|96||Aaron Hannemann||DL||6’0”||280||Sr.||Omaha, NE|
|97||John Sherry||LB||6’2”||220||Fr.||Baytown, TX|
|98||AJ Toms||DL||6’1”||250||Fr.||Hastings, NE|
|99||Dylan Klassen||DL||6’1”||250||Fr.||Lindsay, NE|
Head Coach: Vance Winter
Offensive Coordinator: Ted Hall
Defensive Coordinator: Patrick Daberkow
Running Backs, Kicking Game: Steve Sirek
Defensive Line: Trent Laune
Offensive Line & Recruiting Coordinator: Ted Hall III
Defensive Line/Special Teams/JV Head Coach: Corby Osten
Cornerbacks/Strength & Conditioning Coordinator: James Landers
Receivers: Reggie Corbin
Quarterbacks (Student Assistant): Kyle Schmidt
Offensive Line (Student Assistant): Marc McPhillips
Video Coordinator: Zach Fisher
Following a difficult 1-9 season in 2008, Concordia went 3-7 in 2009 in head coach Vance Winter’s first year with the program. The Bulldogs return several starters and letter winners on both sides of the ball, and Coach Winter is excited about the direction his team is heading.
“We are working hard to change the culture around here,” said Winter. “We made improvements last fall in many areas, and that excitement carried over into our offseason and spring ball periods. I would say our biggest improvement as a football program has been our work ethic and effort level. Our guys, on both sides of the ball, understand the effort level we expect as coaches. I look for continued improvements and a bigger step forward as a football program in 2010.”
Offensively, Concordia returns 10 starters from last year’s squad. The Bulldogs must replace starting quarterback Kyle Schmidt. However, TJ Shirey gained valuable experience in 2009 and will be the probable starter for Concordia in 2010. Shirey appeared in all 10 games for the Bulldogs last season and totaled one passing touchdown and two rushing touchdowns on the year. Rett Miller is the top returning rusher for the Bulldogs after averaging over five yards per carry last year. Wide receivers Jake Griedl, Akeem Christian and Jamarcus Walker will look to stretch the field for Concordia in 2010. Griedl led the team in receiving yards, while Christian and Walker each hauled in touchdown receptions for the Bulldogs last season. Concordia also returns tight end Nate Sindt. Sindt was second on the team in receiving yards and had a team-best three touchdown receptions in 2009.
“We improved offensively last fall, but we were not good enough to consistently win games in the GPAC,” noted Winter. “I really feel like we have the people in place to take the next step offensively, and it is time for us to take a big step forward this fall.”
Concordia returns nine starters on defense from its 2009 squad. Second Team All-GPAC selections Jerrod Fleming and Preston Harris will lead the way for a quick and deep defensive squad. Fleming was second on the team in tackles last year. He also led the team in tackles for loss, sacks and fumble recoveries and also added a forced fumble and interception in 2009. Harris totaled 35 tackles and had three interceptions for a Concordia defense that had 15 total interceptions on the year. He also added two tackles for loss and led the team in pass breakups in 2009. Safety Ben Klein also returns after a solid 2009 season. Klein led the team in tackles, interceptions and forced fumbles. He also added seven tackles for loss and earned Conference and National Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors during the 2009 season.
“I feel like our defense as a whole showed some great signs at the end of last year,” remarked Winter. “We have very good speed and athletic ability defensively. We have a group that can really run, but we are undersized. Even as an undersized group, we need to be better against the run and be able to put ourselves in advantageous positions on third down. We have a group of guys we feel we can count on, and I expect their improvement to continue this fall.”
Concordia opens its season at Peru State College on August 28. The Bulldogs begin conference play with a home game against Nebraska Wesleyan on September 4. Concordia also hosts Midland Lutheran (Sept. 18), Hastings College (Oct. 2), Briar Cliff University (Oct. 16) and Dordt College (Oct. 30) during the 2010 season. The Bulldogs travel to Dakota Wesleyan University (Sept. 11), Doane College (Oct. 9), Morningside College (Oct. 23), Northwestern College (Nov. 6) and the University of Sioux Falls (Nov. 13) this season.
“All stretches of the season are difficult in the GPAC as the league continues to improve, and many teams in the league feel they are on the cusp of great things,” noted Winter. “Our last three road games at Morningside, Northwestern and Sioux Falls will be a tough stretch, as I expect those three teams to be the top three teams in our league this fall. However, I look forward to continued improvements as a football program. As a 3-7 football team a year ago, we need to improve in a lot of areas. We have worked hard to do so. We have a great group of young men who have worked incredibly hard this offseason. I want them to enjoy success and be winners.”
28 AUG 2010
Concordia University picked up an impressive 13-7 football win over No. 22 Peru State College on Saturday afternoon. It was the opening game of the year for both teams. The Bulldogs took advantage of Peru State miscues and used solid defense down the stretch to secure the win.
Concordia grabbed a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter following a Peru State turnover. The Bulldogs marched 32 yards in six plays to take the early advantage. Quarterback TJ Shirey culminated the drive with a 9-yard touchdown run, and Kenny Zoeller tacked on the extra point for Concordia.
The score remained the same until late in the second quarter. Peru State quarterback Curtis Thompson connected with Quentin Edelman on a 28-yard touchdown reception to tie the game at 7-7.
Following the Peru State touchdown, Concordia got the ball with just 25 seconds remaining in the first half. A halfback pass from Jamarcus Walker to Zack Warner put the ball on the Peru State 10 yard line with just two seconds left in the half. Zoeller connected on a 27-yard field goal to give Concordia a 10-7 lead entering halftime.
Concordia increased its lead to 13-7 with just over five minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Bulldogs went 46 yards in 10 plays, and a 42-yard field goal by Zoeller gave Concordia the six point advantage.
Neither team could manage any scoring in the fourth quarter. Peru State had several opportunities, but the Bulldog defense stayed strong and managed to keep the Bobcats out of the end zone.
Peru State held a 228-199 advantage in total offense for the game. The Bobcats totaled 163 yards through the air and 65 yards on the ground. Concordia finished with 101 yards through the air and 98 yards on the ground. Concordia possessed the ball for 28 minutes and took advantage of two Peru State turnovers in the game.
Shirey carried the ball 27 times for 56 yards and completed 12-of-22 passes on the day for 63 yards. Five receivers caught passes for Concordia on the day. Jerrod Fleming totaled 12 tackles and had a sack to lead the way for the Bulldog defense. Grant Rolfsmeier and Austin Fruedenburg added six stops apiece for Concordia.
Concordia opens conference play next week with a home game against Nebraska Wesleyan University. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.
Concordia University kicker Kenny Zoeller was named this week’s Victory Sports Network’s special teams player-of-the-week.
The sophomore from Texas connected on two field goals to lead the Bulldogs to a 13-7 upset win over then No. 22 Peru State College last Saturday. Zoeller hit a 27-yard field goal to give Concordia a 10-7 lead entering halftime. In the third quarter, he drilled a 42-yard field goal to increase the Bulldog advantage to 13-7.
Concordia opens conference play this Saturday at home against Nebraska Wesleyan University. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.
4 SEP 2010
Kenny Zoeller’s 32-yard field goal in the third quarter lifted the Concordia University football team to a 3-0 win over Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon in Seward. The Bulldogs moved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play with the win. Nebraska Wesleyan dropped to 0-1 overall and in the GPAC with the loss.
Both offenses struggled to maintain consistency in the opening half of play. Early in the second quarter, Concordia moved the ball all the way to the Wesleyan one yard line. However, the Nebraska Wesleyan defense held on fourth down and kept the score tied at 0-0. The teams combined for three turnovers in the second quarter, and Wesleyan’s Steve Anderson missed a 37-yard field goal attempt to keep the game scoreless heading into halftime.
Concordia took a 3-0 lead on the opening drive of the second half. Nebraska Wesleyan had a key unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, and Bulldog quarterback TJ Shirey connected with Jamarcus Walker on a 12-yard pitch and catch to move into field goal range. Sophomore kicker Kenny Zoeller then booted a 32-yard field goal to put Concordia in front.
The Prairie Wolves responded on their next drive. Cody Eiler returned the kickoff 55 yards to the Concordia 40 yard line. NWU moved the ball all the way to the Concordia 17 yard line where Anderson attempted a 34-yard field goal. Anderson’s kick was wide, his second miss of the day, and the Bulldogs held on to the slim 3-0 lead.
The teams traded possessions in the fourth quarter. Late in the game, Wesleyan had one more opportunity to tie the game. The Prairie Wolves moved the ball to the Bulldog 24 yard line. Anderson had yet another try to pull Wesleyan even, but his 41-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Concordia’s Dylan Heithoff. The Bulldogs then converted two key first downs to melt the rest of the time away.
Concordia finished with 260 yards on the day (144 passing, 116 rushing). The Bulldogs had 19 first downs in the game and held the advantage in time of possession. Shirey went 18-of-22 through the air for 144 yards on the day. Jake Griedl caught five passes for a game-high 77 yards. Five other Concordia receivers caught at least two passes in the contest. Walker rushed for 48 yards on just eight carries, while backup quarterback Cohl Tufford carried the ball 13 times for 39 yards.
Nebraska Wesleyan was held to 186 yards of total offense on the day (128 rushing, 63 passing). Running back Steve Fricke carried the ball 16 times for 85 yards. Quarterback Nate Hauptman connected on just 10-of-21 passes on the day for 63 yards and an interception.
Concordia was led defensively by Preston Harris, who totaled six tackles with one tackle for loss to go along with a pass breakup. Jerrod Fleming added 4.5 tackles on the day, and Heath Broekemeier had the lone interception in the game for the Bulldogs.
Concordia travels to Dakota Wesleyan University next Saturday.
11 SEP 2010
Dakota Wesleyan cruised to an easy 56-0 GPAC football win over Concordia University on Saturday afternoon in Mitchell. The Tigers improved to 2-0 on the season with the win. Concordia dropped to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the GPAC with the loss.
DWU scored early and often to blow the game wide open in the first half. Following a 54-yard punt return, the Tigers took a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Josh Endres with 10:07 remaining in the first quarter.
The Tigers then marched 80 yards in 12 plays to score again with 43 seconds remaining in the opening quarter. Endres scored again, this time from two yards out, to put the Tigers on top by the score of 14-0.
A failed fourth down conversion attempt by Concordia set DWU up for its next drive. A screen pass put the Tigers deep into Bulldog territory, and an 8-yard touchdown run by Raymond Blossom built the Tiger lead to 21-0.
Jamarcus Walker fumbled the ball away on Concordia’s next drive to set Dakota Wesleyan up with solid field position. On the first play of the drive, DWU quarterback Jon Bane connected with Russell McGuire on a 39-yard touchdown reception to increase the lead to 28-0.
Blossom scored his second rushing touchdown of the day with just over five minutes remaining in the first half. Blossom’s 12-yard run pushed the lead to 35-0. Endres added his third rushing score of the first half to increase the lead to 42-0. With just 12 seconds remaining in the half, Bane hooked up with Anthony Muilenburg on a 13-yard pitch and catch to give DWU a 49-0 lead heading into halftime.
The Tigers totaled 393 yards of total offense in the opening half, while Concordia was limited to just 51 yards.
Dakota Wesleyan continued to pour it on in the second half. Following a quick three and out by the Concordia offense to open the half, Russell McGuire hauled in a 19-yard touchdown to give the Tigers a 56-0 lead. It was McGuire’s second touchdown grab of the day and the final points scored in the game.
Concordia returns home to host Midland Lutheran next Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 pm on Fan Appreciation Night at Bulldog Stadium.
18 SEP 2010
A blocked punt proved to be the difference as Midland University held on for a 7-3 GPAC football win over Concordia University on Saturday evening in Seward. Midland’s Branden Brown blocked a punt and covered it in the end zone for the only touchdown of the game. The Warriors improved to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play with the victory. Concordia dropped its second straight to fall to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the GPAC.
Both defenses controlled the game, and neither team eclipsed 200 yards of total offense on a cold and damp evening in Seward. The Warriors finished with 175 yards of total offense, while the Bulldogs managed just 114 yards of offense on the night. The teams combined to go just 6-of-29 on third downs and 0-of-6 on fourth downs in the game.
Concordia grabbed a 3-0 lead late in the first half. Kenny Zoeller connected on a 41-yard field goal to give the Bulldogs the advantage heading into the halftime break. The play of the game took place early in the third quarter, as Brown blocked a punt by TJ Shirey with 9:25 left in the quarter. The blocked kick rolled into the end zone where it was recovered by Brown for the touchdown.
The Bulldogs had multiple opportunities to rally, but the Midland defense shut the door down the stretch. Concordia finished with three costly turnovers on the night. Midland totaled six fumbles but only lost one in the game.
John Faulkner completed 10-of-22 passes for 96 yards for Midland University. Derrick Middleton rushed 14 times for 67 yards, and Anthony White also carried it 14 times for 45 yards for the Warriors. Eddie Pertilla led the way with a game-high eight catches for 67 yards.
TJ Shirey completed 12-of-22 passes on the evening for 81 yards with an interception for Concordia. Zack Warner and Jamarcus Walker each caught three passes in the game. Ben Klein totaled 9.5 tackles and recovered a fumble for the Bulldogs defensively. Thomas Malander and Rusty McConnell added 8.5 and 8.0 tackles, respectively, for the Bulldogs in a losing effort.
Concordia has a bye next weekend. The Bulldogs host Hastings College on October 2.
2 OCT 2010
Hastings College took advantage of turnovers and solid field position to cruise to a 23-6 GPAC football win over Concordia on Saturday afternoon. The visiting Broncos improved to 3-2 overall and in the GPAC with the win, while Concordia dropped to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in conference play with the loss.
Following a Concordia punting mistake, Hastings College marched 38 yards in six plays to take an early 7-0 lead with 5:40 remaining in the first quarter. Dalton Sealey scored from one yard out to put the Broncos on top.
The Bulldogs got on the board with 10:27 remaining in the second quarter. A 60-yard screen pass to Jamarcus Walker put the Bulldogs deep into Hastings territory, and Kenny Zoeller connected on a 24-yard field goal to make the score 7-3.
Hastings added to its lead early in the third quarter. Ernesto Lacayo hit a 41-yard field goal to increase the Bronco lead to seven at 10-3. Concordia had a great opportunity to tie the game late in the third. The Bulldogs drove all the way inside the Hastings five yard line but were unable to punch in a touchdown. Concordia settled for a 22-yard field goal by Zoeller to cut the lead to four at 10-6 heading into the final quarter of play.
The Broncos poured it on in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Troy Huebert connected with Blake Horstmann on a 25-yard touchdown strike with 10:34 remaining in the game to push the lead to 17-6. Following Concordia turnovers, Lacayo tacked on two more field goals down the stretch for the Broncos for the final score of 23-6.
Hastings finished with 340 yards of total offense on the day compared to 213 for Concordia. The teams combined for just 5-of-28 on third down conversions on the day. Concordia had five costly turnovers in the loss.
Huebert comleted 14-of-26 passes for 168 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Broncos. Sealey rushed for 97 yards on 22 carries with a score, and Horstmann caught four passes for 65 yards and a score for Hastings College.
Cohl Tufford completed just 10-of-23 passes on the day for 82 yards and three interceptions for Concordia. Tufford also rushed for 108 yards on 17 carries. Jamarcus Walker finished with 58 receiving yards on three receptions. Ben Klein had 9.5 tackles, and Jerrod Fleming added 6.5 stops on the day for the Bulldog defense.
Concordia travels to Doane College next Saturday for a 1 pm contest against the Tigers.
9 OCT 2010
Doane College picked up a 42-14 GPAC football win over Concordia on Saturday afternoon in Crete. Doane improved to 2-3 overall and in conference play with the win. Concordia has lost four straight and is 2-4 overall and 1-4 in the GPAC following the loss.
The Tigers took a 7-0 lead on the first drive of the game. Doane converted a couple of third downs and marched 57 yards in eight plays. Tim Reed’s 5-yard touchdown run put the Tigers on top with 10:49 remaining in the first quarter.
Concordia responded quickly and tied the game up on their first drive of the game. The Bulldogs used eight plays to march 73 yards for the score. Concordia picked up 71 of those 73 yards on the ground. Charles Dunbar had a 40-yard run to put the Bulldogs deep into Doane territory. Austin Freudenberg scored from five yards out to tie the game.
The offenses continued to shine in the first quarter, as Doane College took a 14-7 lead on Reed’s second rushing touchdown of the game. The Tigers moved 72 yards in just seven plays, and Reed scored from 19 yards out to reclaim the lead for Doane.
The Bulldogs rallied once again with another long scoring drive. Concordia moved 82 yards in 11 plays. Quarterback Cohl Tufford culminated the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run for the Bulldogs.
Doane committed the first turnover on the day on the following drive. The Tigers were driving once again and moved the ball deep into Concordia territory. However, Concordia’s Michael Voelker intercepted an attempted screen pass to kill the drive.
Following the first turnover of the game, Concordia gave the ball right back. Doane’s Brady Roder recovered a fumbled Concordia pitch, and the Tigers were back in business. Doane marched 51 yards in seven plays to reclaim the lead at 21-14. Jaremy Puthoff had multiple carries on the drive, and his 7-yard touchdown run put Doane on top.
Concordia put another drive together down the stretch in the second quarter. The Bulldogs moved all the way inside the Doane five yard line. Nate Sindt hauled in a one-handed touchdown grab for Concordia, but the play was negated because of an offensive pass interference call. On the following play, Tufford had a pass intercepted by Doane’s Byron Evans, and Doane took a 21-14 lead into halftime.
The Bulldogs, who entered the day averaging just 175 yards of total offense a game, totaled 244 yards of total offense in the first half. Doane accumulated 230 yards of total offense in the opening half.
Concordia fumbled the ball away on the opening drive of the second half. The Bulldog defense held, however, and Doane was unable to capitalize on the Concordia mistake. The Bulldogs got the ball back but were unable to put points on the board. The Doane defense stopped Concordia on fourth down, and the Tigers were set up with great field position.
On the ensuing drive, the Tigers needed just three plays to push the lead to 14 at 28-14. Doane moved 48 yards, and Reed’s 33-yard touchdown run culminated the drive. It was Reed’s third rushing score of the game.
Concordia turned it over again on the following drive. The Bulldogs moved 45 yards in nine plays, but Michael Winter picked off a Tufford pass. Doane quickly converted the turnover into points. The Tigers needed just four plays to move 79 yards for a score. Dunn connected with Jess Ver Velde on a 54-yard touchdown reception to increase the Tiger lead to 35-14.
The fourth quarter started with yet another turnover by the Bulldog offense. Tufford was picked off for the third time of the game. Doane tacked on another score with just over eight minutes remaining in the game. Puthoff scored his second rushing touchdown of the game, and the Tigers held a 42-14 advantage.
Concordia finished with 410 yards of total offense in the game. Doane had 421 yards of total offense. Dunn was 11-of-16 through the air for the Tigers for 209 yards and a touchdown. Reed carried the ball 10 times for 92 yards and the three scores. Puthoff added two rushing scores for Doane. Tufford was 13-of-25 through the air for Concordia but finished with a fumble and three interceptions on the day. Kyle Hoffman caught five passes for 74 yards for the Bulldogs.
Concordia hosts Briar Cliff University next Saturday in a 1 pm contest at Bulldog Stadium.
16 OCT 2010
Concordia University used big plays from its defense and special teams to help secure an exciting 30-26 GPAC football win over Briar Cliff on Saturday afternoon in Seward. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Bulldogs, now 3-4 overall and 2-4 in GPAC play. Briar Cliff moved to 2-5 overall and 1-5 in league play with the loss.
Concordia put together an impressive drive to take an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter. The Bulldogs marched 73 yards in 11 plays, and quarterback Cohl Tufford’s six-yard touchdown run put the Bulldogs on top.
Briar Cliff came right back with a big play to tie the game. The visiting Chargers struck quickly with a two-play scoring drive. Drew Prohaska broke a 78-yard touchdown run to knot the score at 7-7.
Ben Klein and Austin Freudenberg came up with a big play for the Concordia special teams unit to reclaim the lead for the Bulldogs. Klein blocked a punt, and Freudenberg recovered the blocked kick for a score. The Bulldogs held a 14-7 lead after the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Concordia extended its lead. Freshman Derek Blessing broke a 24-yard touchdown run to increase the Bulldog lead to 14 at 21-7. It was the first rushing touchdown of the year for Blessing.
With just over four minutes remaining in the first half, Briar Cliff cut into the lead. Quarterback Lehi Tonga connected with Zack Kliment on a 31-yard touchdown strike. The extra point attempt was blocked, and Concordia took a 21-13 lead into the halftime break. The failed extra point attempt would prove costly for the Chargers.
The Concordia defense came up big early in the second half. Briar Cliff was on the move, but Heath Broekemeier picked off a Lehi Tonga pass and returned it 61 yards for a touchdown. Kenny Zoeller’s extra point was good, and the Bulldogs grabbed a 28-13 lead.
Later in the third quarter, Briar Cliff again cut into the lead with a two-yard touchdown run by Stavhn Leavy. The extra point cut the Bulldog lead to eight at 28-20.
The score remained the same until late in the fourth quarter. Kliment caught his second touchdown pass of the game, this time from nine yards out, and the Chargers climbed within two at 28-26 with just over four minutes remaining in the game. Because of the blocked extra point earlier in the game, the Chargers were forced to go for two to attempt to tie the game. Tonga’s pass was intercepted by Broekemeier, who returned it the other way to give Concordia the two points for a 30-26 lead.
The Concordia defense held down the stretch, and the Bulldogs secured the win.
Concordia finished with 250 yards of total offense for the day (196 rushing, 54 passing). Briar Cliff totaled 272 yards of total offense (214 passing, 58 rushing). Briar Cliff had five turnovers, and Concordia turned it over three times. The Bulldogs had 17 first downs compared to 11 for the Chargers.
Tufford completed 8-of-15 passes for 54 yards and rushed for 81 yards on 28 carries with a touchdown for the Bulldogs. Tonga was 17-of-35 through the air for 214 yards with two touchdowns and three picks for the Chargers.
Broekemeier had a team-high six tackles to go along with his interceptions for the Bulldogs defensively. Jerrod Fleming added four tackles (including two tackles for loss) for Concordia. Preston Harris added two interceptions, and Klein also added a pick for a Bulldog defense that created five turnovers on the day. Adnan Kasapovic had a game-high nine tackles for Briar Cliff.
Concordia visits Morningside College next Saturday at 1 pm.
Concordia University junior Heath Broekemeier is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Defensive Player-of-the-Week. Broekemeier played a key role in Concordia’s 30-26 win over Briar Cliff University on Saturday.
The defensive back from Prairie Grove, Arkansas, had a key 61-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter. His touchdown increased the Bulldog lead to 28-13. Late in the fourth quarter, Broekemeier preserved the win with an interception of a two-point conversion attempt. He returned the interception all the way back to increase the lead from 28-26 to the final of 30-26. Broekemeier also had a team-high six total tackles in the Concordia win.
“Heath’s performance on Saturday was a culmination of a great offseason and summer,” said Patrick Daberkow, defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs. “Heath has worked so hard and has had to earn his spot from day one. I’m very happy to see all the hard work paying off for him.”
Concordia is now 3-4 overall and 2-4 in GPAC play following Saturday’s win. The Bulldogs travel to Morningside College on October 23 for a 1 pm contest against the Mustangs.
23 OCT 2010
Jordan Jacupke threw two touchdown passes, and Morningside College picked up a 17-3 GPAC football win over Concordia University on Saturday afternoon in Sioux City. The Mustangs, ranked No. 8 in the latest NAIA Top 25 Poll, improved to 7-1 overall and in the GPAC with the victory. Concordia slipped to 3-5 overall with a 2-5 mark in GPAC play with the loss.
Offense was tough to come by for both teams in the opening quarter. Morningside had the only lengthy drive of the quarter, moving 50 yards in 11 plays. However, CJ Gradoville hit the left upright with a 44-yard field goal attempt, and the score remained 0-0 heading into the second quarter.
Morningside took the lead with an impressive 13-play drive. The Mustangs marched 71 yards and took over four minutes off the clock in the process. Jacupke hit Kyle Christensen with a 4-yard touchdown pass to culminate the drive, and the extra point by Gradoville gave the Mustangs a 7-0 advantage.
Concordia put together a drive late in the first half. The Bulldogs moved the ball to the Morningside 34-yard line. However, the Mustang defense held on fourth down, and Morningside took over with just over 30 seconds remaining in the half. Jacupke used a quarterback draw for 14 yards to pick up a first down, and completions to Bradley Norwood (26 yards) and James Brooks (15 yards) took the ball all the way inside the Bulldog 10-yard line. Gradoville hit a 31-yard field goal to put the Mustangs in front by the score of 10-0 heading into halftime.
On the opening drive of the third quarter, Concordia marched 64 yards in 12 plays to get on the board. The big play of the drive was a 24-yard completion from quarterback Cohl Tufford to Jamarcus Walker. The Bulldogs moved all the way to the Morningside 5-yard line, and Kenny Zoeller connected on a 22-yard field goal to cut the Mustang lead to seven at 10-3.
After the teams traded possessions, Morningside used 14 plays to move 58 yards for the final score of the game. The drive took over six minutes. Jacupke found Norwood on a 6-yard touchdown reception to boost the Morningside lead to 17-3 with over 12 minutes remaining in the game.
The Bulldog defense held Morningside down the rest of the way, but the Concordia offense was unable to put any points on the board down the stretch.
Morningside finished with 216 passing yards and 152 rushing yards for 368 total offensive yards. Concordia totaled 116 passing yards and just 63 rushing yards for 179 total offensive yards. The Bulldogs struggled mightily on third down, converting just 1-of-10 on the day. Morningside, on the other hand, was 10-of-19 on third down conversions in the game.
Tufford was 12-of-23 through the air for 116 yards with an interception. He also added 44 yards on the ground for Concordia. Heath Broekemeier totaled a game-high 13 tackles and added a forced fumble and interception for the Concordia defense. Ben Klein added 12 tackles for the Bulldogs. The Concordia defense held Morningside to their lowest point total since the 2007 playoffs.
Jacupke was 21-of-39 through the air for 216 yards with the two touchdowns and one interception. Mike McNulty carried the ball 21 times for 69 yards. Norwood and James Brooks each had five receptions on the day for Morningside. Jared Goforth totaled a team-high nine tackles, while Brice Buryanek had an interception for the Mustangs defensively.
Concordia hosts Dordt College on October 30. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 pm at Bulldog Stadium.
30 OCT 2010
Concordia University jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead and went on to defeat Dordt College by the score of 24-7 on Saturday afternoon in Seward. The Bulldogs improved to 4-5 overall with a 3-5 mark in conference play with the win. Dordt remained winless on the season at 0-9.
All of the scoring took place in the first half. The Bulldogs started the scoring early in the first quarter. Concordia marched 89 yards in 11 plays, and Austin Freudenberg’s (Madison, Neb.) 2-yard touchdown run gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead. Following a quick three and out by Dordt, Concordia used six plays to move 38 yards and into field goal range. Kenny Zoeller (Spring, Texas) connected on a 42-yard field goal to push the lead to 10-0.
The Bulldog special teams unit got involved early in the second quarter. Zack Warner (Palmyra, Neb.) returned a punt 67 yards to give Concordia a 17-0 advantage. On Concordia’s next drive, Kyle Hoffman (Phoenix, Ariz.) hauled in a 73-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Cohl Tufford (Richardson, Texas) to push the lead to 24-0. It was the longest completion and first touchdown pass of the year for Concordia.
Dordt College was again unable to get anything going offensively and quickly gave the ball back to Concordia. On the first play from scrimmage, Tufford’s pass in the flat was picked off by Dordt’s Todd Green, who returned the pick 16 yards for a touchdown. Concordia took a 24-7 lead heading into halftime.
Penalties cost Concordia two touchdowns in the opening half. Jordan Brockman (Lincoln, Neb.) scooped up a muffed punt and returned it for a score early in the game. However, a running into the kicker penalty negated the play. Late in the first half, Preston Harris (Lincoln, Neb.) returned an interception all the way for a score. A block in the back penalty, however, kept the touchdown off the board.
The second half was filled with penalties and turnovers by both teams. The teams found very little offensive rhythm in the final half of play, and the Bulldogs settled for the 24-7 victory.
Concordia finished with 19 first downs in the game compared to just five for Dordt College. The Bulldogs finished with 384 yards of total offense (199 passing, 185 rushing) and limited the Defenders to just 102 yards of total offense (80 rushing, 22 passing). The Bulldogs finished with three turnovers and 10 penalties on the day. Concordia held a huge advantage in time of possession, and the Bulldog defense forced three turnovers in the win.
Cohl Tufford completed 12-of-16 passes on the day for 199 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Tufford also added 76 rushing yards on the day. Kyle Hoffman had a huge day for the Bulldogs. Hoffman had a game-high six receptions for a career-high 153 yards with the touchdown.
Ben Klein (Dallas, Texas) and Preston Harris each picked off passes for the Concordia defense. Heath Broekemeier (Prairie Grove, Ark.) recovered a fumble for the Bulldogs.
Concordia travels to Northwestern College next Saturday for a 1 pm matchup against the Red Raiders.
6 NOV 2010
Northwestern College defeated Concordia by the score of 26-6 on Saturday afternoon in GPAC football. The Red Raiders improved to 7-2 overall and in conference play with the victory. The loss dropped Concordia to 4-6 overall and 3-6 in GPAC play.
Early in the first quarter, Northwestern used a huge play on special teams to take a 7-0 lead. Concordia’s offensive drive was stalled following a bobbled pitch. The Bulldogs were forced to punt, and the Raiders blocked the kick. Northwestern's David Butler recovered the blocked kick in the end zone, and the Raiders took the early advantage.
Northwestern took advantage of a short field to increase its lead late in the first quarter. The Raiders got the ball back inside Bulldog territory. Northwestern was unable to convert a first down, but James Rodriguez connected on a 49-yard field goal for a 10-0 Northwestern lead.
On the first play of the second quarter, Northwestern safety Jon Gerber picked off a Cohl Tufford (Richardson, Texas) pass attempt. The Red Raiders were back in business once again deep in Concordia territory. The Bulldog defense managed to hold the Raiders out of the end zone. However, a 23-yard field goal by Rodriguez pushed the lead to 13-0.
The Raiders put together a long scoring drive down the stretch in the first half. Northwestern used a solid rushing attack to move the ball deep into Bulldog territory. Another field goal by Rodriguez increased the Northwestern lead to 16-0.
Concordia tried to put some points on the board before halftime. However, Tufford fumbled following a sack. It was the second turnover of the game for the Bulldogs, and Northwestern took a 16-0 lead into the halftime break. Concordia finished with just three first downs in the opening half. The Raiders totaled 145 yards of total offense compared to just 35 yards for the Bulldogs in the first half.
The Bulldogs tried to take advantage of good field position early in the second half. Concordia moved fairly deep into Northwestern territory, but Kenny Zoeller (Spring, Texas) missed a field goal to keep the score 16-0.
Late in the third quarter, Concordia returned the favor with a big play on special teams to finally get on the board. The Bulldogs blocked a Northwestern punt, and Jordan Brockman (Lincoln, Neb.) returned it for an easy score, making the score 16-6. The 2-point conversion attempt was no good.
Northwestern quickly responded on its next drive. Quarterback Davis Bloemendaal broke a long run to set the Raiders up inside the Bulldog five yard line. Brandon Smith found the end zone from two yards out, and the host Raiders grabbed a 23-6 lead with just over 13 minutes remaining in the game.
Rodriguez hit his fourth field goal of the game for Northwestern with just over six minutes remaining in the contest for the final points of the game. The Raiders settled for the 26-6 victory.
Concordia managed just five first downs and 85 yards of total offense in the game. The Bulldogs turned the ball over twice and were just 2-of-12 on third down conversions. Northwestern totaled 338 yards of total offense with 269 of those yards coming on the ground.
Brandon Smith carried the ball 18 times for 75 yards to lead Northwestern offensively in the win. Taylor Malm added 19 carries for 56 yards on the day.
Ben Klein (Dallas, Texas) had seven solo tackles, and Jerrod Fleming (Houston, Texas) added six solo stops for Concordia defensively.
Concordia travels to No. 1 Sioux Falls next Saturday.
13 NOV 2010
The University of Sioux Falls cruised to a 44-7 GPAC football win over Concordia on Saturday afternoon. USF, the No. 1 team in the country, improved to a perfect 10-0 on the season with the win. Concordia ended its season at 4-7 overall and 3-7 in GPAC play.
USF opened the scoring with just over eight minutes remaining in the second quarter. Alex Anderson hauled in a 22-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jon Eastman, and the Cougars led 7-0. Just one minute later, a safety increased the Cougar lead to 9-0.
With just over five minutes remaining in the first half, Eastman connected with Jon Ryan on a 7-yard touchdown pitch and catch. Ryan’s 21st touchdown reception of the season increased the Sioux Falls lead to 16-0. Sioux Falls wasn’t done in the first half. Austin Vanhove caught an 18-yard touchdown pass with a minute to play, and the Cougars took a 23-0 lead on Eastman’s third touchdown pass of the game.
Early in the third quarter, Chevon Walker broke a 39-yard touchdown run to build the USF lead to 30-0. Kristian Porter added touchdown runs of 26 yards and 13 yards in the third quarter to give Sioux Falls a 44-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter. A 2-yard touchdown reception by Concordia’s Kyle Hoffman (Phoenix, Ariz.) put Concordia on the board with just over five minutes remaining in the contest.
Sioux Falls totaled 490 yards of offense (265 passing, 225 rushing) on the day compared to 117 yards (109 rushing, 8 passing) for Concordia. Concordia fumbled the ball seven total times and lost four of them in the loss. USF held a 27-9 advantage in first downs.
USF’s Jordan Taylor totaled 104 yards rushing on the day. Walker finished with 51 rushing yards and a touchdown. Eastman completed 17-of-23 passes for 227 yards and four touchdowns. Jon Ryan totaled six catches for 83 yards and a score.
The Concordia offense struggled throughout the game. The Bulldog defense did force three USF turnovers. Heath Broekemeier (Prairie Grove, Ark.) had a game-high 8.5 tackles and a forced fumble to lead the way for Concordia defensively. Stephen Ford (Greenville, Texas) added 7.0 tackles, and Preston Harris totaled 5.5 stops on the day.
The 2010 GPAC Football All-Conference Team has been selected following a vote of the league coaches on Sunday. A total of 11 Concordia players picked up conference honors for their efforts in the 2010 season. Preston Harris, Ben Klein and Jerrod Fleming highlight the Concordia selections. Harris is a First Team Defense selection, while Klein and Fleming were Second Team Defense selections.
Harris, a senior defensive back from Lincoln, concluded an impressive career in 2010. Harris was a leader in the secondary throughout his career. He was fifth on the team with 40.5 tackles. He totaled 5.5 tackles for loss and three interceptions. Harris also led the team with nine defensive breakups on the season.
Klein, a junior from Dallas, Texas, easily led Concordia with 63.5 tackles on the year. He picked off two passes and totaled seven pass breakups from his safety position. He also forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and blocked a kick during the 2010 season.
Fleming, a junior linebacker from Houston, Texas, battled through injuries to have a strong season for the Bulldogs. Fleming was third on the team with 44 total tackles and finished with a team-high 8.0 tackles for loss.
Aaron Hannemann, Heath Broekemeier, Matt Ridge, Jordan Brockman and Austin Freudenberg were honorable mention selections on defense.
Hannemann (Omaha, Neb.), a senior on the defensive line, totaled 31.5 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss. He led the team with six quarterback hurries and added a forced fumble and fumble recovery in 2010.
Broekemeier was second on the team with 46.5 tackles. The junior defensive back from Prairie Grove, Arkansas, led the team with four interceptions. He added seven pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble on the year.
Ridge, a senior from Buckeye, Arizona, totaled 24 tackles in 2010. He also added two forced fumbles on the year.
Brockman, a senior from Lincoln, totaled 20.5 tackles on the year. He had 6.5 tackles for loss and a team-high 3.5 sacks.
Freudenberg, a senior from Madison, was sixth on the team with 37.5 tackles. He also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble for the Bulldogs.
Kenny Zoeller, Charles Washington, Nate Sindt and Kyle Hoffman received honorable mention recognition for the Concordia offense.
Zoeller, a sophomore kicker from Spring, Texas, was 8-of-11 on field goals in 2010. He was a perfect 4-of-4 from 20-29 yards and 3-of-3 from 40-49 yards.
Washington, a junior offensive lineman from Houston, Texas, was a mainstay on the line for the Bulldogs in 2010. His leadership on the line was key, as the Bulldogs battled injuries on the line throughout the year.
Sindt, a senior from Scottsbluff, was one of the top receiving threats for Concordia in 2010. Sindt hauled in 18 passes for 148 yards on the year.
Hoffman, a junior receiver from Phoenix, Arizona, was third on the team with 20 receptions in 2010. He finished with 288 receiving yards (tops on team) and had the only two touchdown receptions for Concordia on the season.
The NAIA has announced that 231 football student-athletes have been named 2010 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. A total of six student-athletes received recognition for Concordia University.
Seniors Nate Sindt (Scottsbluff, Neb.), Aaron Hannemann (Omaha, Neb.), Alex Deeter (Seward, Neb.), Seth Elley (Hastings, Neb.) and Taylor Austin (Colorado Springs, Colo.) were honored, while junior Levi Wiseman was also recognized for the Bulldogs.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.
Concordia was 4-7 overall and 3-7 in GPAC play during the 2010 season.