Football defends home turf

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Junior wide receiver Josh Baker runs a route in Doane's 37 - 12 victory over Hastings Sept. 28. Doane has not played at home in a month

After a month on the road, the Doane football team returned home and defeated the Hastings Broncos 37-12 on Sept. 28. 

Doane quickly fell to 10-0 deficit in the first quarter after the Broncos put together a 12-play, 59-yard drive that ended with a 28-yard field goal. 

On the Broncos’ next possession, they drove the ball 72 yards on nine plays that resulted in a 20-yard pass to put the Broncos up by 10. 

In the second quarter junior quarterback, Drake Davidson finally got the Tiger offense moving after he found junior wide receiver Izaiah Celestine open. With an additional block by senior Levi Sudbeck, Celestine was able to go 67 yards for the touchdown. 

Late in the second quarter, senior Bryce Cooney added 41-yard field goal to tie the game at 10. 

A pair of missed field goals by both teams ended the first half leaving the score tied. 

The Tigers’ defense started the third quarter strong forcing the Broncos to a 3-and-out, giving the offense good field position around midfield. 

The Tigers’ offense swiftly drove the ball downfield on a seven-play 49-yard drive ending with Davidson finding senior Brandon Gannon for a 5-yard touchdown pass, giving Doane a 16-10 lead. 

The Broncos blocked the point after touchdown leaving the score 16-10. 

The Tiger defense held the Broncos to another 3-and-out, forcing Hastings to punt. 

Celestine came up with a big special teams play as he converted the punt for an 82-yard touchdown and a 23-10 lead. 

After another special team play went in favor of the Tigers. Junior Jamaine Derogene scored from one yard out making the score at the end of the third quarter 30-10. 

The Broncos’ next drive ended in a failed fourth-down conversion on Doane's own one-yard line. The failed 4th down conversion set the Broncos up to make a defensive play in the endzone when Derogene was tackled in the endzone for a safety. 

This ended the Tigers 30 unanswered points and making the score 30-12. 

Late in the fourth quarter, Davidson added one more touchdown, finding Sudbeck in the endzone for an 11-yard pass making the final score 37-12. 

Sudbeck said after the game that sticking with the game plan and intensity were major factors that contributed to the Tigers win over the Broncos. 

“We knew if we stayed with our game plan and stayed with the high intensity that we would be able to come back and win the game,” Sudbeck said. 

The Tigers will be back on the road next week facing Dakota Wesleyan on Oct. 5, with kickoff starting at 1 p.m.