On the eve of the NAIA championship game, Morningside was able to work out at Barron Stadium in Rome, Georgia, for the first time on Wednesday.
On the eve of the NAIA championship game, Morningside was able to work out at Barron Stadium in Rome, Georgia, for the first time on Wednesday. After nearly two weeks of build up for the title game, the Mustangs are ready to hit the field.
"I'm excited. I'm ready to play," said Morningside head coach Steve Ryan. "It seems like we've been practicing a long time since the St. Xavier game. There's a lot of excitement and a lot of 'let's get this over with'."
"We feel real good. Obviously it's the playoffs and the end of the year and it is the finals so every team is going to be good," said Morningside wide receiver Kyle Schuck. "We're going to go at it again just like we have every other week."
After breezing through the regular season at 10-0, Morningside's top-ranked defense has been continually tried and tested throughout the postseason. After not only beating, but clobbering the defending national champions from St. Xavier, confidence for the defensive unit is as high as it's been all season.
"The confidence really came about after winning that first game against Montana Tech," said Morningside defensive back Jared Goforth. "We were down 14-0 and when we gave up two touchdowns in that first quarter it was like, we got to pull it together a little bit. We did make stops in that Montana Tech game. Southern Oregon's got a great offense, a high-powered offense and they put up some yards against us but we were able to make key stops when we needed to. The St. Xavier game, handling them like we did, we have gained confidence throughout the playoffs. But we've never thought our defense was weak. We've always been pretty confident in our defense and everyone's ability out there."
Thursday's title game kicks off at 5:30 CT. KTIV's Nick Filipowski will have pre-game and post-game reports Thursday from Georgia.
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