No. 1-ranked Morningside scored on all of its offensive possessions en route to its highest point total in 80 years when it blitzed Dordt College 79-14 on Saturday in Sioux Center, Iowa.
Morningside's 79 points was its highest output since it drubbed Western Union College 79-0 during the 1933 season.
The Mustangs piled up 571 yards total offense with 334 yards passing and 237 yards rushing. Eight different Morningside players scored touchdowns and freshman Zach Decker kicked a 24-yard field goal.
Mustang quarterback Ryan Kasdorf picked the Dordt defense apart by completing 14 of 20 pass attempts for 282 yards and four touchdowns, including TD strikes of 75 and 29 yards to Devin Thomas on the Mustangs' first two possessions to give them an early 14-0 lead with 5:19 left in the first quarter.
The Mustangs stretched their lead to 21-0 with 2:49 left in the first stanza on a two-yard touchdown run by Josh Gaedke.
Kasdorf completed two more touchdown passes in the second quarter to help the Mustangs take a 42-7 lead into the intermission. The first was an 11-yard touchdown pass to Austin Klett, the second a 25-yard TD strike to Kyle Schuck. Sandwiched between the two Kasdorf touchdown passes was a four-yard touchdown run by Jon Halvorson.
Dordt, which had failed to score in five previous losses against Morningside since starting its varsity program, avoided a first half shutout when Daniel Fenning scored on a two-yard touchdown run with 1:09 left in the second quarter.
Morningside scored two more touchdowns less than five minutes into the third quarter on a nine-yard run by Halvorson and a four-yard run by Gaedke before the reserves took over.
The second half saw three different players score the first touchdowns of their Morningside careers and Caleb Kluender threw the first two touchdown passes of his Mustang career.
Kluender hurled a 31-yard touchdown pass to Alan Smith with 3:05 left in the third quarter and flipped a five-yard TD pass to Jon Hauswald with 6:32 left in the game.
Morningside capped the scoring on a 20-yard touchdown run by Derrick Dison with 3:50 left in the game.
Kasdorf had the most productive day for the Mustangs' offensive attack with his 282 yards and four touchdown passes. Thomas led the Mustangs' receivers with three catches for 114 yards. Schuck and Joel McCabe also had three receptions for 57 and 49 yards, respectively.
Halvorson paced the Mustangs' rushing attack with 65 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 11 carries.
Dordt gained most of its offensive yardage on the ground with 283 yards rushing, while its passing attack netted only one completion in seven attempts for five yards.
Zac Schleuger topped the Mustangs' tackle chart with seven solos and five assists for 12 total tackles. Aaron Roberg was next with six solos and three assists for nine tackles to go along with an interception. Bret Doorenbos had a quarterback sack and Chris Frierson blocked a Defender field goal attempt.
The Mustangs, who have an open date on their schedule for Sept. 28, will travel to Fremont, Neb., on Saturday, Oct. 5, for a 1 p.m. game against Midland University.
Courtesy: Morningside Media Relations
Orange City, IA - 21st ranked Northwestern scored 42 points in the first half, but only seven in the second half and held on for a 49-42 win over Dakota Wesleyan Saturday afternoon.
Theo Bartman ran for 122 yards and a touchdown while quarterback Davis Bloemendaal passed for 273 yards and two scores.
Leading 21-7 in the second quarter, the Red Raiders turned to the trick plays, using a reverse pass to Brice Byker to open up a 28-7 lead.
DWU answered on back to back scoring drives highlighted by long passes from Jon Bane to Anthony Muilenburg. The duo hooked up for 73 and 61 yard scores to pull within 28-21.
After Bartman scored to make it a 35-21 game with 5:26 to play in the half, the Tigers answered again to pull within a score.
Driving with less than a minute to play, Dakota Wesleyan fumbled the ball and Nate Van Ginkel returned it 8 yards to open up a 42-28 lead at half.
After scoring a touchdown in the third quarter, the Red Raiders were held out of the end zone the rest of the game.
The Red Raiders improve to 2-1 (1-1 GPAC).
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2013 WorldNow and KTIV Television Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Kathy Clayton at (712) 239-4100 x209. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at email@example.com.