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Freshman Derrick Hurt starts for NW Red Raiders

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 11:03 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 11:31 a.m. CST
(Jacob Hall/Special to the Daily News)
Newton Senior High School alumnus Derrick Hurt (95) gets in on a tackle of top-rated Morningside College’s sophomore running back Brandon Wehger, a former star for the University of Iowa, during Northwestern College’s 38-28 victory over the Mustangs. Hurt, a true freshman, is the Red Raiders’ starting nose tackle on defense.

ORANGE CITY — Derrick Hurt, former Newton Senior High School standout, has made an impact as a true freshman football player for Northwestern College’s Red Raiders this fall.

Hurt earned a starting spot as a nose tackle for the Red Raider defense. He had two assisted tackles in last Saturday’s upset win over NAIA top-ranked Morningside. Northwestern College is 19th-ranked and defeated Morningside, 38-28, on senior day in a Great Plains Athletic Conference football contest at DeValois Stadium in Orange City.

It was the fifth straight win for the Red Raiders as they improve to 6-2 in the GPAC, 7-2 overall. The loss snapped a 25-game regular season win streak for the Mustangs, who fell to 7-1 in the GPAC, 8-1 overall.

Hurt is a 6-1, 282-pound defensive lineman for the Red Raiders. In nine games in the 2013 season, Hurt has nine solo tackles, 11 assisted tackles, and two tackles for loss. He made a fumble recovery for the Red Raiders to set up a touchdown in a 24-17 win over Briar Cliff on Oct. 12.

Northwestern will head to Fremont, Neb. to play Midland this coming Saturday.

Hurt is the son of Darren and Karen Hurt of Newton. He played three years for the NHS Cardinals.

As a senior at NHS, he had 48 tackles, 15 for a loss and two quarterback sacks, earning second-team all-state honors. Hurt garnered all-district honors three straight years.

Hurt drew mention by Red Raider head coach Kyle Achterhoff, who is in his fifth season as head coach, as part of the depth on the defensive front going into the season.

“Derrick is a special football player and athlete,” Achterhoff said of Hurt when he was signed to a letter of intent in the spring.

“He will be a difference maker on our football team, the track and field team and our campus. Derrick used his strength and quickness to disrupt offenses in high school and we think he will do the same for us as a Red Raider.”

Hurt will also be competing in track and field for Northwestern College.