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Located in Mitchell, S.D., Dakota Wesleyan University is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Red Raiders Host DWU in Home Opener

Game Time...The long-awaited home opener comes for 21st-ranked Northwestern as they play host to Dakota Wesleyan in a GPAC football match-up on Saturday, Sept. 21. Kickoff on Korver Field at DeValois Stadium is scheduled for 1pm. Northwestern comes into the weekend with an 0-1 record in the GPAC, 1-1 overall, while Dakota Wesleyan is 1-0 in conference play, 1-1 overall. Watch/listen live to the game via the NWC webcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now! or listen to the KSOU broadcast at the following link: Listen Now

All-Time...Northwestern leads the all-time series 10-2, including a 41-13 win over DWU in Mitchell, S.D. last year. 

Last Year...Northwestern earned a big 41-13 road win over Dakota Wesleyan in a match-up of ranked teams played last year in Mitchell, S.D. Brandon Smith and Theo Bartman both rushed for over 100 yards in the same game for the sixth time and the Red Raider offense scored a touchdown on all but one of its first half possessions to open up a 34-6 halftime lead. 

Smith rushed 14 times for 163 yards and three touchdowns, averaging over 11.5 yards per carry, a performance that earned him GPAC player of the week honors. Bartman added 105 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns as the Red Raiders churned out 285 rushing yards against DWU. Davis Bloemendaal completed 11-of-18 passes for 133 yards and a score and Bartman was the top receiver with four catches for 58 yards. An inspired effort by the Raider D limited one of the top offenses to just 188 total yards and forcing DWU into 13 punts. Isaiah Twitty led the defense with 8.5 tackles and Nate Fischer added 5.5 tackles and one sack. 

DWU was led by running back Josh Endres with 34 carries for 117 yards. Jon Bane completed 8-of-29 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. Brady Bonte led the DWU defense with 11 tackles. 

Last Time Out...Dakota Wesleyan opened conference play with an impressive 56-15 win over Briar Cliff last weekend. The Tigers roared out to a 36-0 lead halfway through the second quarter and led 42-7 by halftime. DWU totaled 592 yards of total offense, led by Jon Bane who completed 16-of-28 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns. Francois Barnaud led the ground game with his second straight 100-yard outing, rushing 26 times for 189 and three scores. The Tigers defense even got into the scoring act, returning two interceptions for touchdowns. 

Northwestern lost to Doane last weekend 34-27 in the NAIA game of the week featuring a pair of top 25 teams. Northwestern rallied from a 24-7 halftime deficit, tying the game at 27 after an 18-yard touchdown pass from Bloemendaal to Brice Byker with eight minutes left to go. Doane came back, however, with a 10-play, 84-yard game winning drive, finished off with a 13-yard touchdown run by Kenneth Boggs with three minutes to go. 

Northwestern totaled 393 yards on offense, led by Bloemendaal with 254 passing yards and three touchdowns. Ben Green caught a career-high nine passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Theo Bartman rushed for 97 yards on 20 carries. 

Scouting Dakota Wesleyan...After a 35-20 season-opening loss on the road to University of Wisconsin-Stout, DWU evened its record to 1-1 with a big win over Briar Cliff last week. Head coach Ross Cimpl begins his second year with the team and returns 17 starters off a 2012 team that finished 5-4 in the GPAC (T4th), 6-4 overall.

The Tigers offense averages 38 points per game, third best in the GPAC, and has shown good balance early on with 208 rushing yards per game and 300 through the air. Eight starters return from last year's squad, led by senior quarterback Jon Bane. An all-conference selection in 2012, Bane is the school's career passing leader and has thrown for 599 yards and six touchdowns so far this season. DWU welcomes back wide receiver Anthony Muilenburg, a 2011 All-American who missed all of last year due to injury. The senior, who posted nearly 900 receiving yards in 2011, has returned to form already with 10 catches for 220 yards and four touchdowns this year. Arthur Brown and Michael Brown also return as receivers after earning all-conference honors last year. Junior Francois Barnaud takes over in the backfield and has rushed for a GPAC-best 353 yards and three touchdowns through two games.

The DWU defense returns seven starters, including three all-conference linebackers, from last year. The Tigers are giving up 25 points and 422 yards per game through two games but have forced six turnovers. Sophomore Brady Bonte leads the team with 18 tackles and returns after earning all-league honors as a freshman. Jeff Maassen and Anthony Cervantes join Bonte at linebacker and have combined for 25 tackles. Both players earned all-conference honors in 2012. 

Northwestern News and Notes...After opening the year ranked 13th in the preseson poll, Northwestern fell back to 21st in this week's poll after losing to Doane on the road last weekend. They are 0-1 in the GPAC, 1-1 overall. 

Northwestern is second in the GPAC in scoring, averaging 41 points per game. They are third in total offense (498ypg) and feature a balanced attack, ranking third in both rushing (213ypg) and passing (285ypg). Senior Davis Bloemendaal ranks ninth in the NAIA in total offense, throwing for 570 yards and rushing for 52 yards this season. He has thrown seven touchdowns and just two interceptions, completing 65% of his pass attempts. Bloemendaal ranks eighth all-time with 4,759 yards and seventh in career touchdowns (47). Ben Green has emerged as the team's top receiver after two games, ranking second in the league in both catches (16) and yards (279) while also recording five touchdowns. Brice Byker has nine catches for 104 yards and a score. Senior Theo Bartman is third in the GPAC with 190 rushing yards, averaging 5.3 yards per carry, and two touchdowns. Bartman ranks 13th all-time with 2121 rushing yards and is tied for 10th with 24 career rushing touchdowns. Jessie Riley is seventh in the league with 159 yards, averaging 7.2 yards per carry. The Raiders o-line has given up just two sacks this season.

Defensively, Northwestern is giving up 35 points and 450 yards per game. They are third in the GPAC against the run, giving up 129 yards per game. The Raider D has generated  two takeaways and are third in the NAIA with 11 sacks. Isaiah Twitty leads the team with 12 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble. Greg Hegstad totals 11.5 tackles and one fumble recovery while Sam Van Ginkel has two sacks. 

Up Next...Northwestern will host Nebraska Wesleyan on Sept. 28 for its annual homecoming game. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30pm.

Sam Van Ginkel

# 7 | Defensive End
Senior from Rock Valley, Iowa