By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
Morningside is in the semifinals for the second straight year.
Ryan Kasdorf threw for 222 yards and five touchdowns, leading No. 5 Morningside past No. 4 Baker (Kan.) 36-28 in the Football Championship Series quarterfinals on Saturday.
The Mustangs improve to 11-1 on the season.
Trailing 7-0, midway through the first, Kasdorf hooked up with Joel McCabe for their first of three scores on the day, a 3 yard TD to tie the game at 7.
Nearing the end of the first, Kasdorf chucked his second score on the afternoon, a five yarder to Kyle Schuck to put M'side up 14-7.
However, Baker answered back and marched 78 yards on the ensuing drive, highlighted by Jake Morse's 42 yard strike to Calrence Clark to tie the game at 14.
The Mustangs fired right back, needing just two plays to open a 21-14 lead and would have a 28-21 advantage at half.
The second half would be dominated by the defenses.
After a scoreless third frame, Kasdorf connected with Austin Klett for his fifth TD toss of the game, but Baker blocked the extra point to keep it a 34-21 ball game.
With less than seven seconds in the game, the Wildcats used a 14 play, 91 yard drive to pull within six.
After Baker forced a Morningside punt with less than a minute to play, pinned on the two yard line, the Mustangs defense rose to the occasion, recording a safety to seal the victory.
"Hopefully it really helps in our confidence that we can win a big game on the road and gives the guys the belief in themselves and what they can do," Head Coach Steve Ryan said. "I'm really proud of our guys and their ability to come down to Baker and play a really good team and come away with a win."
The Mustangs will learn who their semi-final opponent will be on Sunday.
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