[Football] Morningside to Play Grand View for NAIA Football National Championship

Football – Tue, Dec. 7, 2021

(Sioux City, Iowa) – [FCS Schedule] Morningside (Iowa) and Grand View (Iowa) will meet in the 66th Annual NAIA Football National Championship on December 18th in Durham, N.C. The Mustangs held off Northwestern (Iowa) for the second time this season, while the Vikings knocked off the undefeated, reigning National Champions Lindsey Wilson (Ky.). Second seeded Morningside now boasts a record of 13-0 and will host third seeded Grand View University who is 14-0 on the year. They will square off two weeks from now at Durham County Memorial Stadium. Lindsey Wilson’s run ends with a 13-1 mark while Northwestern is eliminated at 12-2 with both losses at the hands of the Mustangs.

No. 2 Morningside (Iowa) 28, No. 4 Northwestern (Iowa) 19

A busy first quarter saw Eli Stader start and end the period by knocking in field goals from 36 and 38 yards out. In between, Morningside scored a touchdown on Joe Dolincheck’s 69 yard pass to Zach Norton and the Red Raiders had scored seven on a 40 yarder from Tyson Kooima. Forcing a NWC punt to begin the second period, the Mustangs culminated a nine play, 64 yard drive to retake the lead 14-13. With just two seconds showing on the clock, Stader nailed his third field goal of the day giving the Red Raiders a 16-14 edge into halftime.On the other side of the break, Northwestern missed a 33 yard kick wide right. This allowed Morningside to counter with a 10 play drive that covered 80 yards. During the sequence, Dolincheck went 8-9 include the touchdown pass. The Mustangs wrestled the lead away from NWC 21-16. After intercepting Morninside, Jaden Snyder returned it 30 yards to put the Red Raiders in business. However, after not converting on third and goal from the seven, Stader hit another field goal to close the gap to 21-19. Turning the ball over for the third time in the game (2 INT, 1 FUM) Northwestern opened the door to have the Mustangs run nearly nine minutes of game time down on a 15 play drive. The 80 yards in total were completed on a touchdown run by Matt Strecker. Needing two scores, the Red Raiders turned the ball over on downs and enabled Morningside to run out the rest of the game clock.The scoreboard matched the statistics as this was a tightly held contest. Both teams were within striking distance of each other in total yards, total plays, and average yards per play. NWC threw for 360 yards while UM tossed for 293. On the ground, Morningside edged the opposition 112-94. Moser caught six passes for 129 yards as well as the only touchdown of the game for the Red Raiders. Stader added the rest of the points going 4-5 on FG attempts. Parker Frayer was a beast on defense for NWC with 17 total tackles. On the other sideline, Strecker ran for both touchdowns and totaled 65 yards; Norton and Sione Tuifa caught the pair of scores from Dolincheck. On defense, Tyler Winert was unstoppable to the tune of nine solo tackles and 10 assisted tackles, both of which were game highs.

No. 3 Grand View (Iowa) 34, No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 28

Grand View began the contest scoring very quickly, as Johnny Sullivan connected on an 80 yard touchdown pass less than 90 seconds into the contest. After a Blue Raiders three-and-out, Sullivan went 4-4 on the drive to put the Vikings ahead 14-0. Lindsey Wilson combined two passes from Cameron Dukes and a pair of rushes from Jaylen Boyd to their first score of the game. Intercepting GVU deep in their own territory, LWC took advantage of the short field and tied the game at 14-14 on a quarterback keeper. Nathan Hamilton knocked in a 37 yard field go to break the tie, but it did not last long. Dukes threw his first touchdown pass of the game to give Lindsey Wilson their first advantage of the contest. With only seconds remaining in the first half, Hamilton connected on a 42 yarder.Receiving the second half kickoff, Boyd and Dukes marched the Blue Raiders down the field to increase their advantage to 28-20. Capping off an 11 play drive, Grand View scored a touchdown with 4:06 remaining in the third to cut the gap to 28-26. The Vikings went or two, but were unsuccessful. LWC went for it on fourth down, but failed to convert which gave the ball back to the Vikings with a chance to take the lead. Going 82 yards in 3:45, Grand View hauled in a six yard TD pass and then converted the two point attempt, giving GVU a 24-28 margin with over 13 minutes to go in the final period. It all came down to fourth and goal from the seven yard line. With the season on the line and the chance at back-to-back crowns, Duke’s pass fell incomplete for the Blue Raiders.Both squads totaled over 400 yards of offense, but Grand View only had 15 yards rushing as their passing game was deadly today. Meanwhile, the Blue Raiders ran for 173 yards. Sullivan threw for four touchdowns and one interception for GVU, two of which were caught by Gerald Sama who had a game high 124 yards receiving. Defensively, Nate Wieland recorded five solo tackles and seven assisted stops. Lindsey Wilson’s offense was lifted by 114 yards rushing from Boyd and another 47 by quarterback Dukes. He added a pair of TD passes to Jaleel Warren and D’Mauriae VanCleave. On the other side of the ball, Terrance Glass led the team with five solo tackles and Luke Bowman was top sin total tackles with seven.

Durham County Memorial Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium built in 1958, has a seating capacity of 8,500 and has been the site of professional, collegiate, and high school football events. Willie Bradshaw Field is an artificial, synthetic turf located inside the stadium that also features the Tommy Hunt Press Box. Click here to see a drone fly through of the venue.

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