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No. 4 Morningside Takes Out Tigers

No. 4 Morningside Takes Out Tigers

Doane ran into a buzz saw on Saturday afternoon in Sioux City, Iowa, as No. 4 Morningside defeated the Tigers, 78-14. Morningside took advantage of six Doane turnovers in the game. The Tigers had three turnovers in their first four possessions and the Mustangs worst starting field position in the first quarter was at the Doane 45 yard line.

Morningside jumped out to a 14-0 lead after two Tiger turnovers, including an interception returned for a touchdown, but Doane was able to cut the lead in half quickly as Anthony Dunn connected with Jeremiah Saffold for a 77-yard strike. Saffold was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and Doane was forced to kick from their own 15. The Mustangs returned it to the Doane 34 and two plays later Morningside was back in the end zone. Tyrone Curry fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Morningside scored again to take a 28-7 lead after five minutes of play in the game.

Doane was unable to recover from the deficit, picking up one more touchdown in the second quarter. The touchdown came as Dunn found Eamonn Feeney for a 76-yard connection. The score cut the Mustang lead to 41-14.

Morningside finished with 617 total yards in offense as Doane totaled 355. Dunn threw for 205 yards. Destry Kenning was 3-of-4 for 28 yards and Reid Rando went 1-of-3 for 38 yards. Feeney finished with four receptions for 98 yards. Curry had a team-high five receptions.

The running game was held to 84 total yards, 32 yards coming from Michael Vargas.

The Tiger defense was led by Joe Knott and Ryan Gruntorad as they each had eight total tackles. Knott finished with 1.5 tackles for loss. Doane ended the game with four tackles for loss.

Doane will host Nebraska Wesleyan in the home finale on November 7 at 1:00 PM