2009 - Football schedule/results

3-7 overall, 3-7 GPAC  |  Season Statistics

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 5

Midland Lutheran College

Fremont, Neb.

L 12-10

Sept. 12

Doane College

Seward, Neb.

L 26-14

Sept. 19

Briar Cliff University

Sioux City, Iowa

W 21-10

Sept. 26

#1 University of Sioux Falls

Seward, Neb.

L 80-0

OCTOBER

Oct. 3

#15 Northwestern

Orange City, Iowa

L 35-6

Oct. 10

Dordt College

Seward, Neb.

W 28-12

Oct. 17

#5 Morningside College

Sioux City, Iowa

L 58-7

Oct. 24

Nebraska Wesleyan

Seward, Neb.

L 27-13

Oct. 31

Dana College

Blair, Neb.

W 13-2

NOVEMBER

Nov. 7

#17 Hastings College

Seward, Neb.

L 28-18

All Contests are Great Plains Athletic Conference Games

All Home Games in BOLD

2009 - Football Roster

No.

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Yr.

Hometown

Previous School

1

Derrick Woods

WR

6-1

Sr.

Tolleson, Ariz.

Tolleson

1

Kenny Zoeller

K

6-0

Fr.

Houston, Texas

Concordia Lutheran-Tomball

2

Kole Ficken

DB

6-1

Sr.

Davenport, Neb.

Bruning-Davenport

2

Noah Smith

WR

5-9

RS-Fr.

Largo, Flor.

Indian Rocks Christian School

3

Wade Houchin

WR

5-8

Sr.

Gothenburg, Neb.

Gothenburg

3

Caleb Weiss

P/RB

5-11

Fr.

Dallas, Texas

Prince of Peace

4

Daniel Crowe

LB

5-11

Sr.

Glendale, Ariz.

Westview

4

Rett Miller

RB

6-2

Fr.

Plano, Texas

Canyon Creek Christian

5

Jake Griedl

WR

5-10

Jr.

Spring, Texas

Concordia Lutheran-Tomball

6

Chad Wilshusen

WR

6-0

Sr.

Fremont, Neb.

Fremont

7

Jerrod Fleming

LB

5-11

So.

Houston, Texas

Cy-Ridge

8

Zack Warner

WR

 

Fr.

Palmyra, Neb.

Palmyra

9

Alex Deeter

DB

5-9

So.

Seward, Neb.

Lincoln Lutheran

10

Kyle Schmidt

QB

6-2

Sr.

Riverton, Neb.

Franklin

10

Keith Polson

DB

 

Fr.

Apopka, Flor.

Apopka

11

Preston Harris

DB

6-1

Jr.

Lincoln, Neb.

Lincoln

11

Dustin Linderman

QB

 

Fr.

Dunedin, Flor.

Bayshore

12

Nate Sindt

TE

6-2

Jr.

Scottsbluff, Neb.

Scottsbluff

14

Zack Smetter

SR

6-0

Sr.

Seward, Neb.

Seward

14

Taylor Sorenson

WR

5-11

Fr.

Paso Robles, Calif.

Paso Robles

15

TJ Shirey

QB

6-0

So.

Houston, Texas

Cy-Ridge

16

Micah Pomerenke

QB

6-3

RS-Fr.

Seward, Neb.

Eastern Oregon University

17

Shawn Seevers

WR

6-3

Jr.

Seward, Neb.

American School of Japan

18

Troy Kane

QB

6-2

So.

Woodland Park, Colo.

Woodland Park

19

Darrin Macaluso

QB

5-11

Jr.

Santa Fe, Texas

Santa Fe

20

Charles Dunbar

DB

5-10

So.

Florissant, Mo.

Lutheran North

21

Grant Rolfsmeier

DB

5-10

Jr.

Seward, Neb.

Seward

22

Jamarcus Walker

WR

6-0

So.

Houston, Texas

Eisenhower

23

Curtis Miller

K

6-0

Jr.

Sioux Falls, S.D.

Sioux Falls Christian

23

Jacob Harmon

RB

5-8

So.

Trumbull, Neb.

Giltner

24

Akeem Christian

RB

5-10

So.

Santa Ana, Calif.

Segerstrom

25

Heath Broekemeier

DB

5-11

So.

Prairie Grove, Ariz.

Prairie Grove

26

Darius Smith

RB

5-9

So.

Kearney, Neb.

Kearney Catholic

27

Pat Tyrance

DB

6-0

So.

Lincoln, Neb.

Parkview Christian

28

Austin Freudenberg

LB

6-0

Jr.

Madison, Neb.

Lutheran High Northeast

29

Ben Klein

DB

6-2

So.

Dallas, Texas

Dallas Lutheran

30

Alex Neiderklein

DB

5-10

Sr.

Hastings, Neb.

Adams Central

30

James Marcum

DB

5-6

Fr.

Bellevue, Neb.

Bellevue East

31

Adam Smith

RB

6-1

So.

Phoenix, Ariz.

Valley Lutheran

31

Robert Klingsporn

DB

 

Fr.

Polk, Neb.

High Plains Community

32

Kyle Hershberger

RB

 

Fr.

Westcliffe, Colo.

Custer County

33

Kane Dunbar

RB

5-8

Sr.

Magnolia, Texas

The Woodlands

33

Kayle Henderson

WR

 

Fr.

Lincoln, Neb.

Lincoln Northeast

35

Martin Rodriguez

DB

5-10

So.

Tucson, Ariz.

Sal Pointe Catholic

36

Nate Young

FB/TE

5-10

Fr.

Hastings, Neb.

Hastings St. Cecilia

37

Jackson Moreno

FB/TE

 

Fr.

Meridian, Neb.

University of Nebraska

38

Corey Crespo

DB

5-10

Fr.

Casselberry, Flor.

Lyman

39

Thomas Malander

DB

6-0

Fr.

Fullerton, Neb.

Fullerton

40

Austin Thies

FB/TE

5-11

Sr.

Rushville, Neb.

Rushville

40

Donte Curtis

DB

5-11

Fr.

Alachua, Flor.

Santa Fe

41

Josh Menke

FB/TE

6-0

Jr.

Pfluegerville, Texas

Pfluegerville

42

Tyler Schik

LB

5-11

Jr.

Hastings, Neb.

Hastings St. Cecilia

43

Dan Margritz

WR

5-11

RS-Fr.

Lexington, Neb.

Lexington

44

Will Cox

LB

6-2

So.

Paducah, Ky.

Henderson State University

45

Rusty McConnell

LB

5-10

Jr.

Peoria, Ariz.

Centennial

46

Keith Rowlett

LB

6-2

So.

Lodgepole, Neb.

Leyton

47

Drew Sommer

DB

 

Fr.

Anselmo, Neb.

Anselmo-Merna

48

Michael Stelling

LB

6-1

Jr.

Plainview, Neb.

Plainview

49

Jordan Brockman

LB

6-3

Jr.

Lincoln, Neb.

Lincoln

50

James McCoy

LB

5-11

Sr.

Houston, Texas

Lutheran North

50

John Stephens

LB

5-9

Fr.

Saint Petersburg, Flor.

Calvary Christian

51

Shaquille Russell

LB

5-9

Fr.

Hinesville, Ga.

Bradwell Institute

52

Kyle Little

LB

6-0

Fr.

Brock, Neb.

Johnson-Brock

53

Takota Thiem

LB

 

Fr.

Crete, Neb.

Crete

54

Matthew Wallen

LB

5-11

Fr.

Palmyra, Neb.

Palmyra

55

Nick Yosten

LB

5-10

Jr.

Plainview, Neb.

Plainview

55

Matt Osburn

LB

5-8

Fr.

Cairo, Neb.

Centura

56

Barry Owens

LB

 

Fr.

Palm Harbor, Flor.

University

57

Michael Voelker

DE

6-2

RS-Fr.

Greenleaf, Kan.

Linn

58

Austin Neesen

LB

5-10

So.

West Point, Neb.

West Point

59

Brooks Bowthorpe

DE

6-1

Fr.

Shoshoni, Wyo.

Shoshoni

60

Brenton Whitaker

OL

6-0

So.

Caddo Mills, Texas

Royse City

61

Zach Sanders

   

OL

 

6-3

 

Fr.

 

Conway, Ark.

 

Conway High School West 

 

62

Adam Faulstich

OL

6-1

Fr.

Concordia, Mo.

St. Paul Lutheran

63

Tyler Walker

OL

6-2

Fr.

Houston, Texas

Cy-Ridge

65

BJ Leroy

DL

 

Fr.

Newhall, Calif.

William S. Hart

66

Dustin Ehlers

OL

6-0

Sr.

Gothenburg, Neb.

Gothenburg

67

Daniel Chrismer

OL

6-1

Fr.

St. Charles, Mo.

Lutheran High-St. Charles

68

Taylor Austin

OL

6-2

Jr.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Colorado Springs Christian

70

Matt Ridge

DL

6-1

Jr.

Glendale, Ariz.

Tolleson

72

Corbin Jones

OL

6-3

Jr.

Loveland, Colo.

Mountain View

73

Charles Washington

OL

6-3

So.

Houston, Texas

Jersey Village

75

Joshua Weber

OL

6-2

RS-Fr.

Pierce, Neb.

Wayne State College

76

Tyler Carter

OL

6-0

So.

Glenwood, Iowa

Glenwood

77

Micah Mumm

DE

 

Fr.

Hebron, Neb.

Thayer Central

78

Seth Elley

OL

6-4

So.

Hastings, Neb.

Hastings St. Cecilia

79

Marc McPhillips

OL

6-3

Sr.

Humphrey, Neb.

Humphrey

80

Bryant Schweers

WR

6-3

Sr.

Greeley, Colo.

University

81

Kyle Hoffman

WR

 

Sr.

Chandler, Ariz.

Desert Vista

82

Benjamin Eckhoff

WR

5-10

So.

East Peoria, Ill.

East Peoria

83

John Sennet

DE

5-11

Fr.

Miami, Flor.

Monsignor Pace

84

Steve Jostes

WR

6-2

So.

Norfolk, Neb.

Lutheran High Northeast

85

Jason Owens

TE

6-6

Jr.

Seward, Neb.

Seward

86

Adam Dumas

WR/P

 

Fr.

Circle Pines, Minn.

Centennial

87

Damon Winn

WR

5-11

Fr.

McCool Junction, Neb.

McCool Junction

89

Daniel Uden

WR

6-3

Sr.

Kenesaw, Neb.

Kenesaw

90

Jon Larchick

DB

 

FR.

Loup City, Neb.

Loup City

90

Derek Rodine

DL

6-0

So.

Polk, Neb.

High Plains Community School

91

Levi Wiseman

DE

6-4

So.

Lagrange, Ore.

Lagrange

91

Randy Merritt

LB

6-2

RS-Fr.

Boise, ID.

Kimberly

93

Brandon McWilliams

DL

6-0

So.

Lincoln, Neb.

University of Nebraska - Kearney

94

Bobby Cody

DL

6-1

Fr.

Alamosa, Colo.

Alamosa

95

Spencer Solomon

DE

6-0

Fr.

Charlotte, N.C.

Olymic

96

Aaron Hannemann

DL

6-0

Jr.

Eureka, Mo.

Eureka

97

Jon Erickson

DE

6-1

So.

West Point, Neb.

West Point

98

Kyle Kapels

DE

6-5

Sr.

Columbus, Neb.

Columbus Lakeview

99

James Refenes

DL

6-7

Sr.

Westland, Mich.

Lutheran High-Westland

2009 - Coaching staff

Head coach: Vance Winter

Co-offensive coordinator: Ted Hall

Secondary coach: Patrick Daberkow

Running Backs & Kicking Game: Steve Sirek

Defensive Line & Recruiting Coordinator: Ted Hall III

Defensive Line/Special Teams/JV Head Coach: Corby Osten

Cornerbacks/Strength & Conditioning Coordinator: James Landers

Missed opportunities cost Bulldogs in season opener

5 SEP 2009

Concordia suffered a 12-10 loss to Midland Lutheran in the 2009 football season opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon in Fremont.  Last season, the Warriors defeated the Bulldogs by the score of 50-14.  Saturday was a different story.  The Bulldogs had chances, but missed opportunities proved costly in the loss. 

Midland jumped out to a 6-0 lead when Brandon Brooks scored on a one-yard run with just under six minutes remaining in the first quarter.  The extra point failed, but the Warriors used 15 plays to march 92 yards in the drive.  Concordia cut the lead in half on a 35-yard field goal by Curtis Miller with less than two minutes to play in the opening quarter.

Midland scored the only points in the second quarter.  The Warriors drove 30 yards in five plays and used a four-yard touchdown run by Khalid Waters to take a 12-3 lead.  The extra point was blocked by Concordia’s John Sennett.  The Bulldogs had opportunities to add points in the second period.  Miller missed a 37-yard field goal attempt, and quarterback Kyle Schmidt had a pass intercepted deep in Midland territory to end promising drives by Concordia. 

Concordia again missed an opportunity to put points on the board in the third quarter.  The Bulldogs used a 16-play drive to move the ball inside the Midland five-yard line.  However, Miller hit the left upright on a 21-yard field goal attempt, and Midland took a 12-3 lead into the fourth quarter. 

Concordia capitalized on a Midland turnover early in the fourth quarter to cut into the lead.  Daniel Crowe intercepted a pass by Midland’s John Faulkner to give the Bulldogs the ball at the Warrior 21- yard line.  A Midland Lutheran personal foul penalty kept the Concordia drive alive, and Schmidt found Akeem Christian on a 17-yard touchdown pass to pull the Bulldogs within two at 12-10.  The Concordia offense had two more drives to try to take the lead.  The Midland defense was able to hold them back, however, and the Warriors walked away with the 12-10 win.

Midland had 17 first downs compared to 13 for Concordia, and the Warriors outgained the Bulldogs 313-213 in the game.  Concordia had 162 passing yards compared to just 72 for Midland, but the Warriors dominated the running game with 241 yards on the ground compared to just 51 for the Bulldogs. 

For Concordia offensively, Kyle Schmidt completed 22-of-38 passes in the game for 162 yards with the one touchdown and one interception.  Akeem Christian caught five passes for 45 yards and a touchdown to lead the Concordia receivers.  Defensively for the Bulldogs, Daniel Crowe had three unassisted and 14 assisted tackles to go along with an interception. 

Khalid Waters led the way offensively for Midland Lutheran.  Waters had 24 carries for 143 yards and a touchdown for the Warriors.  Derrick Middleton and Eddie Pertilla each added three catches for Midland on the day.

A special day for fans

Concordia will host Doane College under the lights in the home opener for the Bulldogs next Saturday.  The game is set for 6 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium in Seward.  Concordia celebrates its fans on Saturday as well prior to the game against Doane. A Fan Appreciation Day tailgate with hot dogs and BBQ pork begins at 4:30 p.m. The cost is $4 per person. Young fans are also invited to throw footballs, try bouncy boxing,  and play in the bouncy house that will be at the stadium

Doane runs past Concordia 26-14

12 SEP 2009

Concordia dropped to 0-2 on the season with a 26-14 loss to Doane College on Saturday evening in Seward.  Doane improved to 1-2 on the year with the win, while Concordia is still in search of its first win under new head coach Vance Winter. 

The Bulldogs took advantage of an early Doane turnover to take a 7-0 lead.  Concordia linebacker Jerrod Fleming recovered a fumble by Doane receiver Landon Freitag to give the Bulldogs great field position.  Concordia moved 54 yards in seven plays, and quarterback Kyle Schmidt completed the drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Woods.

Doane quickly responded with an 11-play drive to tie the game.  Running back Jaremy Puthoff had eight carries for 61 yards in the drive, and Michael Vargas had a 4-yard touchdown run for the Tigers. 

In the second quarter, Doane took advantage of good field position to take the lead.  The Tigers moved 31 yards on eight plays, and Andrew Nielsen booted a 35-yard field goal to give Doane a 10-7 lead. 

After another Concordia punt, Doane added to its lead.  Doane wide receiver Micah Marvin caught three passes, and a Concordia personal foul penalty put the Tigers back in field goal range.  Nielsen connected on his second field goal of the game, this time from 36 yards, to give the Tigers a 13-7 lead. 

With just under two minutes remaining in the first half, Concordia marched 67 yards to reclaim the lead at 14-13.  The Bulldogs took advantage of two Doane penalties, and Schmidt found the end zone with a 1-yard touchdown run just before the half expired.

Doane scored the only points in the third quarter.  With just under 10 minutes remaining in the quarter, the Tigers marched 65 yards in eight plays to take a 20-14 lead.  Tiger quarterback Anthony Dunn went 6-of-6 passing in the drive, and he found Jeremi Saffold on a 6-yard touchdown pass to culminate the drive.  Concordia drove the ball into Doane territory twice in the third quarter.  However, the Bulldogs couldn’t convert two short yardage plays, and the Tigers held onto the lead heading into the fourth quarter. 

Doane threatened to pull away early in the fourth.  The Tigers moved the ball 66 yards and drove deep into Concordia territory.  On 3rd and goal, Dunn’s pass was intercepted by Concordia’s Alex Neiderklein, giving the ball back to the Bulldogs with just over five minutes remaining in the game. 

The Bulldog offense again moved the ball deep into Doane territory.  However, the Doane defense held, and the Bulldogs turned the ball over on downs.  The Tigers took advantage and put the game away with a 67-yard scoring drive.  Michael Vargas scored his second touchdown of the game with an 11-yard scamper to make the final score 26-14.

Doane had 397 yards of total offense in the game compared to 277 for Concordia.  The Tigers racked up 235 yards on the ground and added 162 yards through the air.  Concordia had 157 passing yards and 120 rushing yards in the game.  The Bulldogs had 10 penalties for 80 yards and went a combined 3-of-14 on third and fourth down conversions in the loss. 

Individually for Concordia, Kyle Schmidt completed 23-of-39 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown.  Darius Smith had a team-high 37 rushing yards, and Derrick Woods caught four passes for 52 yards and a touchdown.  Daniel Crowe had 10.5 tackles, Ben Klein had 10 tackles and Alex Neiderklein 6.5 tackles and an interception for the Bulldogs defensively. 

Anthony Dunn completed 20-of-24 passes for 162 yards with a touchdown and an interception to lead Doane offensively.  Jaremy Puthoff had 13 carries for 92 yards, and Michael Vargas rushed 18 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers. 

Concordia travels to Sioux City next week for a 1 p.m. contest against Briar Cliff University.

Concordia takes care of Briar Cliff 21-10

19 SEP 2009

Concordia University earned its first win of the 2009 season with a 21-10 victory over the Briar Cliff University on Saturday afternoon in Sioux City.  It was also the first win for Concordia under new head coach Vance Winter.  With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 1-2 on the season.  Briar Cliff dropped to 1-3 on the year with the loss.

Concordia opened the scoring late in the first quarter.  The Bulldogs marched 45 yards in six plays and took a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Kyle Schmidt.  Briar Cliff answered on the next drive.  The Chargers used just four plays to move 72 yards and tied the game at 7-7 on a 4-yard touchdown run by Andre Prohaska.  BCU took its first lead of the game on a 20-yard field goal by Josh McKean with six minutes remaining in the first half.  The Chargers took the 10-7 lead into halftime. 

After a quiet third quarter, Concordia jumped back on top with 14:31 remaining in the game.  Concordia needed just four plays to go 79 yards, and Schmidt found Nate Sindt on a 20-yard touchdown pass to culminate the drive for the Bulldogs.  With just under six minutes left in the game, the Bulldogs put the game out of reach when Akeem Christian scored on a 2-yard touchdown run for the final score of 21-10.

Briar Cliff outgained Concordia 363-293 on the day, but the Concordia defense held the Chargers to just 1-of-16 on third down conversions and 2-of-6 on fourth down conversions in the game.  The Bulldogs totaled 207 yards through the air and just 86 yards on the ground.  Briar Cliff threw for 236 yards and added 127 yards on the ground. 

Kyle Schmidt completed 11-of-19 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown to lead the way offensively for Concordia.  Darius Smith carried the ball 13 times for 50 yards, and Daniel Uden had two catches for 71 yards.  Preston Harris had six solo tackles, and Ben Klein added five solo stops to lead the Bulldogs defensively. 

Ryan Hajek completed 15-of-35 passes for 202 yards for Briar Cliff.  Andre Prohaska had 13 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown, and he also caught eight passes for 60 yards for the Chargers.  Luke Roder added five catches for 61 yards, and Chase Colvin had two receptions for 85 yards for Briar Cliff. 

Concordia will host No. 1 Sioux Falls next Saturday.  The game is set for 1 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.

No. 1 Sioux Falls cruises past Concordia 80-0

26 SEP 2009

The top-ranked University of Sioux Falls football team dominated Concordia 80-0 on Saturday afternoon in Seward.  The Cougars improved to 4-0 on the season and have now won 18 straight games.  Concordia dropped to 1-3 on the year with the loss. 

Sioux Falls jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run by Ryan Lowmiller.  With just under two minutes remaining in the first quarter, USF quarterback Lorenzo Brown connected with Alex Anderson on a 33-yard touchdown pass to give the visiting Cougars a 14-0 lead. 

The Cougars pulled away with 28 points in the second quarter.  Lorenzo Brown capped an 88-yard drive with his sixth touchdown run of the year to give USF a 21-0 lead.  On the next drive for Concordia, USF’s Trevor Holleman picked off a pass by Kyle Schmidt and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown to increase the Sioux Falls lead to 28-0.  With just under two minutes remaining in the first half of play, the Cougars took a 35-0 lead on the second rushing touchdown of the day by Ryan Lowmiller.  After another Concordia punt, Sioux Falls used seven plays to march 63 yards in just 46 seconds.  Brown connected with Nick Ramstad on a 16-yard touchdown pass to give the Cougars a 42-0 lead heading into halftime. 

Sioux Falls opened the second half with a quick score to take a 49-0 lead on Kristian Porter’s 20-yard touchdown run.  The only other points in the third quarter came via a 25-yard field goal by USF’s Braden Wieking, which gave the Cougars a 52-0 lead after three quarters of play. 

Sioux Falls continued to pile it on with 28 more points in the fourth quarter.  Ismael Small had a 12-yard touchdown run to increase the USF lead to 59-0.  Michael Frericks added another score on a 58-yard interception return to give the Cougars a 66-0 lead.  USF’s Mitch Dunbar had a 5-yard touchdown run and a 12-yard touchdown run to finish off the scoring for the Cougars. 

Sioux Falls totaled 706 yards of offense in the game.  The Cougars had 377 yards on the ground and 329 yards through the air.  USF had 40 first downs in the game and ran 85 plays compared to 45 plays for Concordia.  The Sioux Falls defense was very impressive as well.  USF held Concordia to just two first downs, and the Bulldogs gained just 58 yards of total offense on the day.

Lorenzo Brown completed 19-of-24 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns to lead the way offensively for Sioux Falls.  Brown also had four rushes for 50 yards and a score for the Cougars.  Kristian Porter had six carries for 96 yards and a touchdown to lead the USF rushing attack, while Ismael Small carried the ball nine times for 73 yards and a score.  Alex Anderson led the USF receivers with six catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. 

Concordia will travel to Northwestern College next Saturday.  Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Orange City.

Northwestern pulls away for 35-6 win over Concordia

3 OCT 2009

Northwestern College used a big third quarter to pull away for a 35-6 win over Concordia on Saturday afternoon in Orange City.  The Red Raiders, ranked No. 15 in the NAIA coaches' poll, improved to 4-1 on the season with the win.  Concordia slipped to 1-4 on the year with the loss. 

Northwestern opened the scoring with just over four minutes remaining in the opening quarter.  The Raiders marched 64 yards in seven plays, and Taylor Malm’s 8-yard touchdown run gave Northwestern the 7-0 lead. 

The score remained the same until late in the second quarter when Raider quarterback Brad Payne capped a 16-play drive with a touchdown throw to Jameson Rexilius.  The touchdown pass gave Northwestern a 14-0 lead heading into halftime. 

Northwestern created some separation with a 21-point third quarter.  Malm’s second rushing touchdown of the day, this time from four yards out, put the Raiders on top by the score of 21-0.  Later in the third period, the Raiders took a 28-0 lead on a 24-yard interception return by David Butler. 

Concordia finally got on the board with just under two minutes left in the third quarter.  Darius Smith broke a 34-yard touchdown run for the Bulldogs to make the score 28-6.  Northwestern closed out the scoring late in the third quarter.  Brandon Smith broke free for a 60-yard touchdown run for the final score of 35-6. 

Northwestern College had 305 yards of total offense in the game compared to 281 for the Bulldogs.  The Raiders gained 196 yards on the ground and added 109 yards through the air in the win.  Concordia gained 143 yards on the ground and 138 yards through the air.  The Bulldogs were just 3-of-15 on third-down conversions and 0-of-3 on fourth-down conversions in the game. 

Concordia quarterback Kyle Schmidt completed 12-of-29 passes for 112 yards and two interceptions.  Darius Smith rushed for 41 yards and a score and also caught three passes for 31 yards for the Bulldogs.  Jake Griedl caught two passes 40 yards, and Noah Smith added four receptions for Concordia.  Jerrod Fleming had seven tackles and a forced fumble to lead the Bulldog defense. 

Brad Payne completed 14-of-22 passes on the day for 109 yards with a touchdown and interception for Northwestern.  Brandon Smith carried the ball 10 times for 109 yards and a score, Taylor Malm had 14 rushes for 96 yards and two scores and Tyler Walker had three receptions for 42 yards to lead the way offensively for the Raiders.  Joel Dykstra and David Butler each had interceptions to lead the Northwestern defense. 

Concordia hosts Dordt College in the homecoming game next Saturday.  Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.

Concordia pulls away for 28-12 win over Dordt College

10 OCT 2009

Concordia University celebrated homecoming with a 28-12 GPAC football win over Dordt College on Saturday afternoon in Seward.  The Bulldogs improved to 2-4 overall and 2-4 in the GPAC with the win.  Dordt College dropped to 1-5 overall and 0-5 in the GPAC with the loss. 

Concordia jumped on top 7-0 early in the first quarter.  The Bulldogs marched 36 yards in just four plays.  Quarterback Kyle Schmidt found Jake Griedl on a 2-yard touchdown pass to complete the scoring drive. 

The visiting Defenders got on the board early in the second quarter.  The Dordt offense, which struggled to move the ball in the opening quarter, moved 78 yards in just seven plays.  Quarterback Justin Knot connected with Josh Van Kempen on a 28-yard touchdown pass.  The extra point attempt was blocked, and the Bulldogs held on to a slim 7-6 lead. 

Concordia quickly responded with a scoring drive on the next possession.  The Bulldogs used nine plays to move 80 yards, and Darius Smith’s 11-yard touchdown run increased the Concordia lead to 14-6. 

After an interception by Ben Klein, the Bulldog offense methodically moved the ball into the red zone.  However, Curtis Miller missed a 26-yard field goal attempt, and the Bulldogs took the 14-6 lead into halftime. 

The Bulldogs increased their lead to 21-6 with just over eight minutes remaining in the third quarter.  Concordia marched 54 yards in 10 plays, and TJ Shirey found Nate Sindt on a 9-yard touchdown pass for the score. 

Dordt College scored just before the third quarter expired to pull closer.  The Defenders needed just three plays to move 57 yards, and a 7-yard touchdown pass from Knot to Van Kempen made the score 21-12. 

The Bulldogs put the game away with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game.  Concordia’s Heath Broekemeier picked off a Justin Knot pass attempt and returned it to the Dordt 37.  On the second play of the Bulldog drive, Darrin Macaluso took an option pitch from Schmidt and scampered 34 yards for a touchdown.  The Concordia defense stayed strong down the stretch, and the Bulldogs took home the 28-12 win.

Concordia had 19 first downs in the game compared to 12 for the Defenders.  Concordia racked up 310 yards of total offense compared to 205 for Dordt College.  The Bulldogs gained 112 yards through the air and dominated the ground game with 198 rushing yards.  Dordt had 141 yards through the air and just 64 yards on the ground.  Dordt had four turnovers compared to just one for the Bulldogs. 

Individually for Concordia, Kyle Schmidt completed 9-of-21 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown, and TJ Shirey completed both of his pass attempts for 12 yards and a touchdown.  Darius Smith carried the ball 16 times for 85 yards and a touchdown to lead the Concordia rushing attack.  Darrin Macaluso added three carries for 41 yards.  Jake Griedl had four catches for 56 yards and a score, and Nate Sindt added three catches for 44 yards and a score for the Bulldogs. 

Ben Klein had eight tackles and two interceptions to lead the way defensively for Concordia.  Grant Rolfsmeier added five tackles and a forced fumble for the Bulldogs. 

Justin Knot completed 12-of-24 passes for two touchdowns and three interceptions for Dordt College.  Josh Van Kempen had 16 carries for 73 yards and also caught four passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns for the Defenders.  Phillip Sears had a game-high 10 tackles and recovered a fumble for Dordt defensively. 

Concordia will travel to No. 5 Morningside College on Oct. 17.  Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Sioux City.

No. 5 Morningside College defeats Concordia 58-7

17 OCT 2009

The No. 5 Morningside College football team cruised to an easy 58-7 win over Concordia on Saturday afternoon.  The Mustangs improved to 6-0 overall and 6-0 in the GPAC with the win, while the Bulldogs dropped to 2-5 overall and 2-5 in the GPAC with the loss. 

Morningside took advantage of some early Concordia miscues to jump out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter.  A blocked punt gave the Mustangs the ball at the Concordia 13-yard line.  Morningside took a 7-0 lead on a 3-yard touchdown run by Jake Peterson with just under nine minutes remaining in the opening quarter. 

Concordia’s offense couldn’t get anything going, and a short punt again gave Morningside tremendous field position.  On the first play of the drive, Mustang quarterback Tim Richard connected with Beau Kildow on a 46-yard touchdown pass which gave Morningside a 14-0 lead. 

Morningside put the game away with a 23-point second quarter.  C.J. Gradoville hit a 28-yard field goal to give the Mustangs a 17-0 lead with just over 14 minutes remaining in the second period.  The Mustangs picked off a Kyle Schmidt pass on Concordia’s next drive, and Joe Don Hunter’s 3-yard touchdown run gave Morningside a 23-0 lead with just over 13 minutes remaining in the first half. 

After another Concordia turnover, Morningside marched 66 yards in 10 plays to take a 30-0 lead on Peterson’s second rushing touchdown of the day.  The Mustangs scored again with just under three minutes remaining in the first half to take a 37-0 lead.  Richard connected with Peterson on a 57-yard touchdown pass for Morningside.

Morningside’s Joe Don Hunter added two more rushing touchdowns in the third quarter to give the Mustangs a 52-0 lead.  Morningside reserve quarterback John Sievert hit Joel Nixon on a 21-yard touchdown pass to give the Mustangs a 58-0 lead early in the fourth quarter.  The Bulldogs got on the board with a 2-yard touchdown run by TJ Shirey late in the game for the final score of 58-7. 

Morningside had 26 first downs compared to 16 for Concordia.  The Mustangs were balanced offensively with 374 yards through the air and 201 yards on the ground.  Concordia had 113 passing yards to go along with 92 rushing yards in the game.  The Bulldogs had three turnovers compared to just one for the Mustangs. 

Kyle Schmidt completed 13-of-24 passes for 68 yards and an interception.  Schmidt also rushed for 55 yards on the day to lead the Concordia rushing attack.  Jake Griedl caught a team-high five passes for 35 yards.  Austin Freudenburg had a team-high eight tackles to lead the Bulldogs defensively.  Daniel Crowe and Jerrod Fleming each added seven tackles, and Heath Broekemeier had an interception for Concordia in the loss. 

Tim Richard completed 21-of-29 passes for 328 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Morningside.  Jake Peterson, the nation’s leading rusher, carried the ball 17 times for 118 yards and two scores and added a receiving touchdown for the Mustangs.  Joe Don Hunter had 12 carries for 62 yards and three scores.  Joel Nixon caught a game-high 10 passes for 169 yards and a score, and Beau Kildow caught seven passes for 95 yards and a touchdown for Morningside offensively.  Ryan Klein had a game-high nine tackles with a fumble recovery to lead the Mustangs defensively.  Justin Shideler added eight tackles and a fumble recovery, and Marshall Barney added an interception for Morningside.

Concordia will host Nebraska Wesleyan on Oct. 24.  Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium in Seward.

Big plays help Nebraska Wesleyan to 27-13 win over Concordia

24 OCT 2009

Nebraska Wesleyan used big plays to jump out to an early lead and earned a 27-13 win over Concordia on Saturday afternoon in Seward.  The Prairie Wolves improved to 4-3 overall and 4-3 in the GPAC with the win.  The Bulldogs slipped to 2-6 overall and 2-6 in the GPAC with the loss. 

Kory Kahlandt, one of the top running backs in the conference, took charge in the first half to give Nebraska Wesleyan the early advantage.  Kahlandt broke a 68-yard touchdown run to give the Prairie Wolves a 7-0 lead with just over 12 minutes remaining in the opening quarter. 

Early in the second quarter, Kahlandt added a 16-yard touchdown run to give NWU a 14-0 lead.  The Prairie Wolves needed just three plays to march 73 yards on the drive.  Wesleyan threatened to score again just before halftime, but an interception by Concordia’s Preston Harris kept it a 14-0 game heading into halftime. 

The Prairie Wolves took a 21-0 lead early in the third quarter.  After a 54-yard punt return by Mike Millard, Kahlandt scored from 17 yards out for his third rushing touchdown of the game.  Less than three minutes later, NWU quarterback Matt Hagge connected with Jerod Franck on a 77-yard touchdown pass to increase the Wesleyan lead to 27-0. 

The Bulldogs finally got on the board late in the third quarter.  Quarterback TJ Shirey orchestrated a 50-yard drive, and Shirey’s 4-yard touchdown run made the score 27-6.  The score remained the same until late in the fourth quarter, when Concordia’s Kyle Schmidt connected with Zack Warner on a 17-yard touchdown pass to make the final score 27-13. 

Nebraska Wesleyan totaled 422 yards of total offense in the game.  The Prairie Wolves gained 212 yards through the air and 210 yards on the ground.  Concordia had 278 yards of offense in the game with 193 through the air and just 85 on the ground.  NWU had three turnovers compared to just one for Concordia, but the Bulldogs went just 2-of-17 on third-down conversion attempts in the contest. 

Matt Hagge completed 8-of-21 passes for 212 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Prairie Wolves.  Kory Kahlandt carried the ball 22 times for 180 yards and three scores, while Jerod Franck caught two passes for 124 yards and one touchdown for Nebraska Wesleyan.  Cameron Kolling had 11 total tackles and four tackles for loss to lead NWU defensively. 

Kyle Schmidt completed 8-of-23 passes for 99 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Concordia.  TJ Shirey completed 5-of-11 passes for 94 yards and added a rushing touchdown for the Bulldogs.  Darius Smith rushed for 63 yards on 16 carries, and Akeem Christian caught two passes for 52 yards.  Ben Klein had five total tackles and a forced fumble to lead the Concordia defense. 

Concordia will travel to Dana College next weekend for a 1 p.m. contest against the Vikings.

Bulldogs earn 13-2 win over Dana College

31 OCT 2009

Concordia University earned a 13-2 victory over Dana College on Saturday afternoon in Blair.  The Bulldogs improved to 3-6 on the year, while the Vikings remained winless at 0-10 overall and 0-9 in the GPAC. 

The Bulldogs got on the board late in the first quarter.  Following an interception by the Concordia defense, quarterback Kyle Schmidt connected with Nate Sindt on a 31-yard touchdown pass to give the Bulldogs the early 6-0 lead.  The extra point attempt was blocked.   

The score remained the same until the middle of the fourth quarter.  Concordia’s TJ Shirey was sacked in the end zone for a safety, and the Vikings pulled within four at 6-2.

After the teams traded possessions, Concordia put the game away with less than a minute remaining.  Bulldog defensive end Kyle Kapels picked off a pass and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown.  Curtis Miller added the extra point for the final score of 13-2. 

Dana finished the game with 235 yards of total offense compared to 158 for Concordia.  The Vikings totaled 164 passing yards to go along with 71 rushing yards.  The Bulldogs had 91 yards on the ground with just 67 yards through the air on the day.  The Concordia offense struggled to get much going, but the defense stepped up in a big way.  The Bulldogs forced five turnovers and held Dana to just 4-of-18 on third-down conversions.

Kyle Schmidt completed 4-of-14 passes for 83 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Bulldogs.  TJ Shirey completed 1-of-3 passes for 20 yards and also rushed for a team-best 38 yards in the win.  Nate Sindt caught two passes for 51 yards and a touchdown, and Daniel Uden added a 40-yard reception for the Bulldogs. 

Jerrod Fleming had an impressive day to lead the Concordia defense.  Fleming totaled 11 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, an interception and a sack on the day.  Daniel Crowe added six tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble, while Kyle Kapels, Alex Neiderklein and Preston Harris added interceptions for the Bulldogs in the win. 

Brady Quarry completed 14-of-30 passes for 204 yards with three interceptions for Dana College.  Mark Schlueter, one of the best receivers in the conference, caught eight passes for 99 yards for the Vikings in the loss.  Nate Weathers made seven tackles with three tackles for loss and two sacks to lead Dana defensively.    

Concordia hosts No. 19 Hastings College on Nov. 7.  Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Senior Day at Bulldog Stadium.

No. 17 Hastings College rallies for 28-18 win over Concordia

7 NOV 2009

No. 17 Hastings College scored 21 points in less than three minutes in the third quarter to rally for a 28-18 win over Concordia University on Saturday afternoon in Seward.  The Broncos improved to 8-2 overall and 7-2 in the GPAC with the win.  Concordia ended its season at 3-7 overall and in the GPAC. 

Concordia controlled the game early on.  On the opening drive of the game for the Broncos, Concordia’s Preston Harris picked off a Troy Huebert pass to set the Bulldogs up with solid field position.  Concordia quarterback Kyle Schmidt quickly marched the Bulldogs down the field, and Schmidt’s 1-yard touchdown run gave Concordia the early 6-0 lead.  The extra point attempt was blocked. 

The score remained the same until the middle of the second quarter.  Concordia’s Rett Miller broke a 52-yard touchdown run up the middle to increase the Bulldog lead to 12-0.  The two-point conversion attempt failed. 

Concordia threatened to score again late in the second quarter.  The Bulldogs moved 74 yards in 12 plays and moved all the way to the Hastings College 9-yard line.  However, Schmidt was picked off by Mackenzie Hemje, and Hemje returned the interception 85 yards for a touchdown.  Concordia settled for a 12-7 lead at halftime. 

The Broncos carried some momentum into the second half and took the lead early in the third quarter.  After a Concordia fumble, Huebert connected with Justin Anderson on a 40-yard touchdown pass to give Hastings College its first lead of the game at 14-12. 

On Concordia’s next drive, Schmidt was picked off once again, and Jeff Klug returned the interception 54 yards for a touchdown.  Klug’s score increased the Bronco lead to 21-12.

Concordia failed to respond offensively and quickly gave the ball back to the Broncos.  On the first play of the drive, Maurice Mansfield broke a 48-yard touchdown run to give Hastings College a 28-12 lead.  Mansfield’s touchdown run gave the Broncos 21 points within a span of three minutes.

“You can’t expect to win games when you turn the ball over like that,” said Vance Winter, head coach of the Bulldogs.  “We were playing really well, but those turnovers that lead directly to points are very tough to overcome.”   

Concordia cut into the Hastings College lead early in the fourth quarter.  Schmidt found Jamarcus Walker on an 81-yard touchdown strike to cut the lead to 10 at 28-18.  The two-point conversion attempt was no good by the Bulldogs.  Hastings College managed to run out the clock and settled for the 28-18 win. 

Concordia had 16 first downs in the game compared to nine for Hastings College.  The Bulldogs outgained the Broncos 436-258 in offensive yardage.  Concordia totaled 292 yards through the air to go along with 164 yards on the ground.  Hastings totaled 178 yards on the ground and 121 yards through the air.  Turnovers were the story of the game.  The Bulldogs had four turnovers, and the two interceptions led to 14 points for the Broncos.

Troy Huebert completed 8-of-16 passes for 121 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions for Hastings College.  Maurice Mansfield added 13 carries for 101 yards and a score for the Broncos.  Tyson Buresh had seven tackles to lead Hastings College defensively. 

Kyle Schmidt completed 15-of-34 passes for 267 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for the Bulldogs.  Rett Miller rushed for 114 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown to lead the Concordia rushing attack.  Jake Griedl caught seven passes for 54 yards, and Jamarcus Walker caught two passes for 89 yards and a score. 

Aaron Hannemann had a team-high 6.5 tackles to lead Concordia defensively.  Ben Klein had two interceptions, and Preston Harris also added an interception for the Bulldogs.

Klein earns player of the week honors

Ben Klein received conference and national honors on Monday for his efforts in Concordia’s 28-12 homecoming win over Dordt College over the weekend.  Klein was selected as the Great Plains Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week and also earned NAIA Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Klein, a sophomore safety from Dallas, Texas, totaled six solo and four assisted tackles as the Bulldogs improved to 2-4 on the season.  He also added two interceptions and 3.5 tackles for loss in the game, and his third-quarter interception led to a Bulldog score.

“As a team, we could not be more excited for Ben,” said Vance Winter, head coach for the Bulldogs.  "Ben had a great week of practice preceding the game Saturday and carried that performance onto the field.  Ben works extremely hard, and he continues to progress as a football player."

For the season, Klein leads the Bulldog defense in total tackles with 39.  He also leads the team in tackles for loss (6.0) and is tied for the team lead with his two interceptions. 

Concordia, 2-4 overall and 2-4 in the GPAC, travels to No. 5 Morningside College on Saturday in a Great Plains Athletic Conference contest starting at 1 p.m.

Fleming earns GPAC honors

Concordia University linebacker Jerrod Fleming has been named this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Defensive Player-of-the-Week for his efforts in Concordia’s 13-2 win over Dana College on Saturday.

Fleming, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, totaled a game-high 11 tackles in the Bulldog win.  He also added an interception, a sack and a pass breakup as the Bulldogs forced five Viking turnovers. 

Fleming ranks second on the Bulldog defense with 46 tackles on the year.  He leads the team with 8.5 tackles for loss and is tied for the team lead in sacks (2.0) and fumble recoveries (2). 

Concordia is 3-6 on the season and hosts Hastings College on Nov. 7 at 1 p.m.

Concordia places 14 players on 2009 GPAC All-Conference Team

The Concordia University football team had 14 players named to the 2009 Great Plains Athletic Conference All-Conference Football Team announced Tuesday morning.  Two Bulldog players earned GPAC All-Conference Second Team honors, and 12 more players were selected GPAC All-Conference honorable mention. 

Sophomore linebacker Jerrod Fleming and junior defensive back Preston Harris were named Second Team GPAC All-Conference Defense.  Nate Sindt, Josh Weber, Derrick Woods, Jamarcus Walker and Dustin Ehlers were All-Conference honorable mention offensive selections for the Bulldogs.  Ben Klein, Aaron Hannemann, Alex Neiderklein, Matt Ridge, Austin Freudenberg, Daniel Crowe and Derek Rodine were All-Conference honorable mention defensive selections for Concordia.   

Fleming was second on the team with 52 tackles on the year.  He led the team in tackles for loss (9.0), sacks (2.0) and fumble recoveries (2).  Fleming also added a forced fumble and an interception in 2009.  He earned GPAC Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors on Nov. 2 for his efforts in Concordia’s 13-2 win over Dana College.  Fleming totaled a game-high 11 tackles and added an interception, a sack and a pass breakup as the Bulldogs forced five Viking turnovers on the day. 

Harris totaled 35 tackles on the year 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 during the 2009 season. 

Five offensive players were honorable mention selections.  Junior tight end Nate Sindt hauled in 17 passes for 246 yards and a team-high three touchdowns.  Freshman transfer Josh Weber saw consistent playing time at the tackle position, and senior center Dustin Ehlers anchored the Concordia offensive line in 2009.  Senior wide receiver Derrick Woods caught 13 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown.  Sophomore receiver Jamarcus Walker averaged a team-best 17.3 yards per catch for the Bulldogs.

Ben Klein led six defensive players who were honorable mention selections.  Klein led the team in tackles (53.5), interceptions (4) and forced fumbles (2), and he also added seven tackles for loss.  He earned Conference and National Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors on Oct. 12 for his efforts in Concordia’s 28-12 Homecoming win over Dordt College.  He totaled 10 tackles, two interceptions and 3.5 tackles for loss in the win.

Junior defensive lineman Aaron Hannemann totaled 20 tackles on the year including two tackles for loss.  Senior corner Alex Neiderklein had 35 tackles and picked off two passes.  Junior Matt Ridge had 29.5 tackles with 6.5 tackles for loss, a sack and two fumble recoveries, while sophomore Derek Rodine totaled 22 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.  Daniel Crowe had 42 tackles on the year to rank third on the team.  Crowe added five tackles for loss to go along with a pick and a fumble recovery.  Junior linebacker Austin Freudenberg had 32 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks. 

Concordia finished the 2009 season with a 3-7 overall record.

Seven Bulldogs selected as 2009 NAIA Scholar-Athletes

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced that a total of 212 football student-athletes have been named 2009 Daktronics-NAIA Football Scholar-Athletes.  Concordia University placed seven student-athletes on the 2009 list. 

Nominated by each institution’s head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.  Chad Wilshusen, Daniel Uden, Nate Sindt, Daniel Crowe, Kyle Kapels, Taylor Austin and Aaron Hannemann were all named scholar-athletes for the Bulldogs.

Wurdeman named to NAIA All-Decade Team

Former Concordia University football player Ross Wurdeman was recently named to the NAIA All-Decade Team as a second team selection.  Wurdeman enjoyed a stellar career for the Bulldogs from 1998-2001.   

Jason Dannelly of the College Fanz Network put together his NAIA All-Decade team to represent the best small college football players in the NAIA from 2000-2009. The team was selected based upon All-Americans from Dannelly's lists since 2002 as well as the NAIA Coaches' All-American team since 2000.

Wurdeman caught a team-high 34 passes for 647 yards in his freshman season.  His 19 yards per catch and five touchdown receptions also led the team.  In his sophomore season, Wurdeman finished with 29 catches for 368 yards and five touchdowns.  He again led the way for the Concordia offense in his junior year.  He finished the 2000 season with team-highs in catches (52), yards (727) and touchdowns (6).  Wurdeman concluded his career with a team-high 49 receptions for 637 yards and six scores in 2001.

Ross Wurdeman Career Totals
164 receptions
2,379 receiving yards
22 touchdowns