Morningside players and coaches loaded busses early Monday morning for Georgia and the NAIA championship game.
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They've been playing football at Morningside College since 1898 and have never played in a national championship game. That will change on Thursday when the Mustangs play in the NAIA title game against Marian University of Indiana.
The players and coaches loaded busses early Monday morning for a drive to Kansas City, where they got on a plane for Georgia. The NAIA championship will be Thursday in Rome, Georgia.
The Mustangs are ranked 3rd with a 13-0 record. Marian is ranked fifth at 11-1.
Even though it was an early wake-up call for the team, they're excited to be a part of school history.
"One thing about these guys is they've been great at practicing all year and they've been practicing with great enthusiasm and so it's just kind of continued," says Coach Steve Ryan.
"I think we are more excited than nervous. I don't think the nerves have set in yet. probably on Thursday we'll be a little nervous but right now we are just excited and ready to get there," says punter Jordan Sitzmann.
"The game, that's what I'm most looking forward to. That's been this team's purpose the whole season, to go down there and play for a national title and have a good showing while we're down there," said offensive lineman Cole Albright.
The game is Thursday at 5:30 and KTIV Sports Fource will be there. Nick Filipowski will be in Georgia to bring you coverage leading up to the game and the day of the game, right here on KTIV.
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