By Chris Palmquist
VERMILLION, S.D.—The Briar Cliff Chargers were unable to open their tenure at the DakotaDome with a victory, falling to Dakota Wesleyan Saturday 56-15.
The Chargers, who will play their home games in Vermillion for the next two seasons, fell behind 13-0 after the first quarter. Things got worse in the second.
After the defense held the Tigers to a field goal on a short field, the Charger offense was unable to convert on fourth and short from just outside the ten yard line. On the first play of the drive for Dakota Wesleyan, Jon Bane found Arthur Brown streaking behind the coverage for an 87-yard touchdown pass.
In the same quarter, Andrew DeVaney was in the right place at the right time, intercepting Chargers quarterback Kevin Van Egdom, and returning it 72 yards for a touchdown.
The Tigers would tack on another score to make it 36-0 before the Chargers found the end zone on a 25-yard pass from Van Egdom to Bret Van Muyden.
Dakota Wesleyan would score once more before halftime though, to make it 42-7 going into the locker room.
The loss drops Briar Cliff to 0-2 on the season, and 0-1 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. They will be back in action September 21 at Nebraska Wesleyan.