By Chris Palmquist
VERMILLION, SD—Kevin Van Egdom returned from injury and the Briar Cliff offense exploded in a 54-14 Homecoming victory Saturday over the Dordt Defenders.
In the first quarter, Van Egdom found Matt Harshman wide open down the left side for a long touchdown. The score gave the Chargers a 7-0 lead.
Penalties hurt the Defenders on the next drive, as they received consecutive illegal formation penalties on punt attempts. On the third punt, Andre Reyes broke through and blocked it, giving the Chargers great field position.
Mitch Heikes eventually walked in over the left side from short distance, giving the Chargers a 14-0 lead.
Dordt (1-3, 0-3) returns home next Saturday in another GPAC game against Concordia.
Briar Cliff (1-3, 1-2) travels to Hastings, Neb., next Saturday in a GPAC game.
ORANGE CITY, Iowa—Already up 3-0, Nebraska Wesleyan tacked on three second-half touchdowns to upset No. 17 Northwestern, 22-8, Saturday in a GPAC contest.
Connor Davis scored the first touchdown of the game on a short pass from Tyler Francis and the Prairie Wolves jumped out to a 10-0 lead.
Dustin Bryant scored a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, and although the extra point attempt was missed, Nebraska Wesleyan went up 16-0.
Northwestern was able to avoid the shutout on a twenty-yard touchdown pass from Davis Bloemendaal to Brice Byker with 48 seconds remaining, but Nebraska Wesleyan was able to hold on for a 22-8 conference win.
Nebraska Wesleyan improves to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
The Red Raiders (2-2, 1-2) are off next week before returning to action against Briar Cliff.