Overall GPAC Home Away Neutral
3-0 (1.000) 1-0 (1.000) 2-0 1-0 0-0
2017 Record
News Photo
AJ Allen
Friends University
Football - Sat, Sep. 9, 2017

Doane Football overcame some offensive struggles in their home opener by forcing seven turnovers as they defeated Friends University (Kan.), 28-13. The Tigers, 2-0, evened up the all-time series with Friends at two games apiece in four meetings.

Notable Players

  • Cole Wiseman (SR/Sutton, Neb.) had a 77-yard interception return for a touchdown, the 10th-longest return in Doane history. His return came with 24 seconds left in the 3rd quarter.
  • Connor Hughes (JR/Nederland, Texas) recovered a fumble and returned it 66 yards for a touchdown as time expired to give the Tigers a 21-10 lead at halftime.
  • Noah Diaz (Friends) led the Falcons with 106 yards on the ground and scored their only touchdown.

First Quarter Notes

  • Doane started the game with the ball and fumbled on their first two possessions while Friends fumbled on their first possession.
  • The Falcons took the lead, 3-0, as Leo Sosa hit a 28-yard field goal with 9:12 to play in the quarter.
  • After an exchange of punts, Doane took over deep in Friends' territory following a 29-yard punt return by Cole Wiseman.
  • Doane took the lead on Garrett Sonderup (JR/Genoa, Neb.)'s first touch of the season, a 15-yard touchdown run.
  • The Tigers extended their lead with 54 seconds to play in the quarter as Trev Lovell (SR/Bellevue, Neb.) hit Hunter Bradley (SO/Crete, Neb.) for a 19-yard score.

Second Quarter Notes

  • An interception for Friends with 5:35 to play in the quarter set the Falcons up at the Doane 15-yard line. Sherman Arthur returned the interception 26 yards.
  • The Falcons scored their only touchdown of the game on their second play as Diaz scored from 12-yards out to cut the Tiger lead to 14-10.
  • Friends took over with 3:24 to play in the quarter and drove the ball 55 yards and down to the Doane-25. Trying to go to the air, Kevin Folsom rolled out and was hit from behind by Seth Majerus (JR/Seward, Neb.) and fumbled the ball. Hughes picked it up and rumbled down the sideline for 66-yards as time expired in the half to give the Tigers a 21-10 lead at the break.

Third Quarter Notes

  • The quarter opened with four possessions of three-and-out and three turnovers between the two teams. All seven possessions were three offensive plays or less.
  • Following an interception by AJ Allen (JR/Crete, Neb.), Doane took over at the Tiger-42. The team drove 33 yards on seven plays but came up just shy on a 42-yard field goal attempt.
  • Friends followed by going 10 plays and 49 yards down to the Doane 26-yard line. On the 11th play of the drive, Wiseman intercepted the pass attempt and took it back 77 yards for a touchdown with 24 seconds left in the quarter.
  • On the ensuing kickoff, a short kick was muffed by the Falcons and Allen jumped on the loose ball to set the Tigers up at the Friends 29-yard line.

Fourth Quarter Notes

  • After a fourth down stop, Friends took over and marched 62 yards on 13 plays. Sosa converted a 30-yard field goal with 8:59 to play in the game.
  • Doane was able to run clock in the final quarter, holding the ball more than six minutes on two possessions following the Falcons' field goal.

Behind the Numbers

  • Doane was limited to 262 yards in total offense with 165 coming on the ground.
  • Friends posted 346 yards in total offense with 191 through the air.
  • The teams combined for 12 turnovers in the game, seven from the Falcons and five for the Tigers. Seven of the turnovers came from fumbles.
  • Lovell threw for 94 of the team's 97 passing yards on five completions.
  • Jacob Cornelius (SR/Grand Island, Neb.) and Bradley had two receptions apiece. Bradley had the lone touchdown reception on a 19-yard pass from Lovell.
  • Najee Mustafaa (JR/Cedar Hill, Texas) led the team with 53 rushing yards with Kyle Jensen (JR/Exeter, Neb.) added 52 yards on the ground. Sonderup made his return and posted 37 yards and a rushing touchdown.
  • Chayton Crow (JR/Hershey, Neb.) led the team with 12 tackles, five solo, and one tackle for loss.
  • Bret Andrew (SR/Casper,Wyo.) posted 10 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss.
  • Allen recorded a fumble on special teams and intercepted a pass to go with two tackles.
  • Seth Majerus recorded the only sack in the game for the Tigers.
  • The Tiger defense recorded eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Next Time on the Gridiron

  • Doane will play at home for the GPAC opener as the Tigers host No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan at 1 PM at Papik Field.