The Briar Cliff defense continually stood tall in the first half on Saturday, but eventually the explosive Dordt offense was able to break through en route to a 43-7 final Saturday in Sioux Center, Iowa.
The Charger offense struggled to stay on the field as the Blue and Gold forced four field goals by the Defenders before Dordt was able to take advantage of a short field in the final minute of the first half to cross the end zone for the first time and head to the halftime break leading 19-0.
Briar Cliff tried to sneak back into the game with a 22-yard touchdown pass by Diontre Collins-Jones to Rashad Brown to open the second half scoring, but the Chargers were unable to put up any more points as Dordt piled on late. The Defenders even picked up a defensive score in the fourth quarter.
“The defense played hard in the first half,” said BC head coach Dennis Wagner. “The offense just made too many mistakes and couldn’t get any rhythm established.”
Briar Cliff finished with 191 total yards of offense compared to 501 yards by Dordt. Collins-Jones threw for 117 yards and rushed for another 20 as Brown was his main target, hauling in six of the team’s 12 completions for 86 yards and the team’s only score.
Brown also was used in the rushing attack with three carries for 39 yards.
Noah Clayberg led the Dordt offense by completing 12-of-19 passes for 200 yards with a touchdown and one interception. Clayberg also rushed the ball 21 times for 70 yards.
The biggest standout for the Chargers was linebacker Peyton Bailey who equaled the ninth-highest single game tackle total in BC history with 17. Sixteen of his stops were solo tackles including 3.0 tackles for loss. Khamren Davenport also reached double digits in tackles with 11. Mark Snorton hauled in the interception for the Cliff defense.
The win kept Dordt in the third spot in the GPAC standings at 6-2 in league play and 7-3 overall. Briar Cliff dropped to an even 5-5 overall and 4-4 in the conference. The Chargers take on Jamestown next week with a chance to record the second consecutive winning season and first ever winning season in GPAC play if BC can handle the 1-9 Jimmies. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday in Jamestown, N.D.