Dakota Wesleyan in Dordt
Briefly: The Defenders enter Saturday’s game with one of the best offensives in the country. They are averaging 500 yards per game and are second in the country with an average of 27.6 first downs per game.
Defenseman quarterback Tyler Reynolds averaged 90.5 passing yards per game and had a breakout game last week against Mount Marty.
When Reynolds isn’t throwing the ball, he passes it to Anthony Trojahn, who is averaging 86.8 yards per game. He also has five touchdowns this season.
On the defensive end of the ball, Brayton Van Kekerix leads in total tackles with 34; including 23 solo.
The Tigers’ offense averaged 286.7 yards per game, including 163.5 in the air. Jamin Arend ran for 74.3 yards per game, amassing 446 total yards.
The Defenders should stay away from inside linebacker Cody Reichelt as he has 60 total tackles and six sacks for 36 yards.
The Defenders beat the Tigers 47-10 last season. Dakota Wesleyan gave up 557 total attacking yards a year ago while racking up 298 total attacking yards.
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Northwest to Jamestown
Briefly: This is the third of four straight road games the Red Raiders play in the middle of the season.
The Red Raiders were out last week but are 6-0 this week.
The Red Raiders are 4-0 on the road so far this season.
Northwestern has won five straight games against the Jimmies, including a 49-0 victory last season.
In fact, their last four wins have been 28 points or more. The last time the Jimmies beat the Red Raiders was in 2000.
Buena Vista in Wesleyan Nebraska
Briefly: The Beavers are aiming for their second win in program history against Nebraska Wesleyan.
They have lost the last three games against the Prairie Wolves, including a 37-16 game in 2019 against Storm Lake.
None of the American Rivers Conference teams played last fall due to the pandemic.
The Beavers’ only win over the Wolves Prairies came in 2016, in a 38-31 home win.
BVU is 2-3 overall this season, scoring 198 points to allow 201.
The Beavers will surpass the 1,000 rushing yard mark this week, having 963 going into Saturday’s game. In the air, BVU has 1,291 yards.
There have been 26 touchdowns scored this season by the Beavers.