The Morningside Mustangs took full advantage of early Dordt College miscues to take a Great Plains Athletic Conference football contest from the Defenders at Sioux Center on Saturday, September 17.
The Defenders turned the ball over on their first possession with an interception near midfield and Morningside scored the second play of the ensuing drive to take a 7-0 lead.
The Defenders answered with a drive that started at their own 38 and reached the Morningside 42 before a fumble resulted in another Morningside possession and the Mustangs again needed just two plays to lead 14-0 with just over two minutes gone in the game.
The scored stood until two turnovers by the Defenders, one a fumble that Britton Barrier returned for 22 yards and a touchdown and another an interception that was returned 40 yards for a score and the Mustangs were rolling at 28-0 with 4:52 left in the quarter.
Dordt fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Morningside scored two plays later. By the time the first quarter was over the Defenders were down 49-7. Dordt’s score came at the 2:11 mark when Brock Lamle engineered a three play, 73 yard drive. The big play in the series was Lamle to Keithen Drury 43 yard pass that led to Lamle’s 13 yard touchdown run.
The Mustangs added another three touchdowns in the second quarter and had a touchdown and field goal in the third quarter.
Both teams scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter with the Defenders taking advantage of a short field to punch in a Danial White 15 yard run, capping a 23 yard drive for the score with 4:11 left in the game.
Morningside ran for 385 yards on 56 attempts while Dordt had 39 rushes for 129 yards. The Defenders had 51 yards in the air while Morningside had 263 passing yards.
Levi Schoonhoven ran for 33 yards on nine carries and Keithen Drury ran for 29 yards on five carries. Drury had one catch for 43 yards.
Lamle had 10 rushes for 27 yards and he was 2-8 passing for 51 yards.
Bryce Lidtka caught one pass for eight yards.
Morningside was led by Tyler Kavan’s 111 yards on nine carries and he was one of five players with 47 yards or more.
Trent Solsma was 7-12 passing for 155 yards and two touchdowns for Morningside.
Gerrit Wybenga had 11 solo tackles while Arie Hoekstra made seven solo and three assisted stops.
Casey Byker had seven solo and two assisted tackles and Nic Byl and Ryan Cisneros had six and five solo tackles each. Byker also punted seven times for a 37.3 yards per punt average and had a long of 51 yards.
Dordt is 2-1 and will face Midland in the Defenders’ first road test on Saturday, September 24 at 5:00 in Fremont.
Morningside is 2-0 and will travel to Wisconsin Whitewater.