The Dragon football was outmatched and overwhelmed in a 35-3 defeat against Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., on Saturday.
The Vikings scored early on a five-play drive that ended with freshman running back Dajon Newell running 16 yards for the touchdown. Newell would score again on a three-yard run and freshman wide receiver Grant Gebhardt had a 27-yard touchdown reception from junior quarterback Josh Hanson to make the score 23-0 after just one quarter.
Junior tight end Isaac Jorgenson later pulled in a nine-yard touchdown catch to bring the lead to 29.
Following a field goal from Dragon sophomore kicker Wes Kramer, Gebhardt increased Augustana’s lead with a 22-yard touchdown reception.
Hanson completed 11 of 18 passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns and Newell carried the ball 29 times for 164 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings’ easy win.
Dragons senior quarterback Kevin Koch completed 13 of 31 passes for 86 yards, and senior running back E’boni Lucious-West managed just 58 yards on 11 carries.
Senior linebacker Jeff Schuette and senior cornerback Travis Davidson led the Dragons with eight tackles each.
The Dragons (2-6 overall, 1-6 in the conference) host the University of Mary, Bismarck, N.D., on Saturday.
BY DANNY DETERMAN