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Top-ranked Morningside ready for opener

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Morningside opens their season Saturday night against Valley City State of North Dakota. Morningside opens their season Saturday night against Valley City State of North Dakota.

For all the success the Morningside football program has had over the last decade, including nine straight trips to the NAIA playoffs and three GPAC titles, they still have one big goal -- win a national title. The Mustangs start that quest on Saturday night.

Morningside is the number-1 team in the NAIA preseason poll. The Mustangs were 13-1 last season, losing in the national title game in overtime.

The opener is against Valley City State of North Dakota, who is 16-5 over the last two seasons, and won their opener 31-14 over Jamestown of North Dakota.

Morningside trounced the Vikings 49-7 last season but the Mustangs know they'll have a target on their backs all season.

"They always compete. They always play hard," said Morningside head coach Steve Ryan. "Especially since they're going to have a game a week prior to us, they'll kind of have a jump on us there. I think we're going to see an experienced football team that's ready to go."

"We're definitely not overlooking them, just like any other team," said J-Back Joel McCabe. "We're going into week one with the goal to win every week and pretty much just to dominate."

Junior college transfer Ryan Kasdorf will be the starting quarterback. Morningside and Valley City State play at 7:00 o'clock Saturday night at Olsen Stadium.

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