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Mustangs run over Tigers

Dakota Wesleyan University was in striking distance when it scored midway through the second quarter, then its offense stalled and the Morningside College Mustangs ran wild.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Daniel Libolt watches a pass sail by him as Morningside's Chase Nelson (7) and Jesse Faltys (9) watches on Saturday at Joe Quintal Field. (Jeremy Karll / Republic)
Dakota Wesleyan University's Daniel Libolt watches a pass sail by him as Morningside's Chase Nelson (7) and Jesse Faltys (9) watches on Saturday at Joe Quintal Field. (Jeremy Karll / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University was in striking distance when it scored midway through the second quarter, then its offense stalled and the Morningside College Mustangs ran wild.

Morningside took down DWU 66-13 on Saturday at Joe Quintal Field to kickoff its Great Plains Athletic Conference season.

“(Morningside) was really good,” DWU head coach Ross Cimpl said. “They forced us into a lot of mistakes and issues that we can’t make against any team, especially one of that caliber.”

DWU’s lone touchdown came in the second quarter when Shaye Slaughter connected with Daniel Libolt, who led the team with 88 receiving yards, three times, including for a 12-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 21-10.

“We were just able to get some guys in open windows and let those guys get in space,” Cimpl said on DWU’s scoring drive. “As the game went on, space got smaller and that makes it a tough situation for us offensively.”

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DWU (1-2, 0-1 GPAC)  was held to a field goal the rest of the game. Slaughter threw for 224 yards but was intercepted twice, including a pick-six in the second half.

The Tigers’ lack of pressure on Morningside quarterback Trent Solsma led to him sitting in the pocket and picking their defense apart, leading to 590 yards of total offense for the Mustangs.

He completed 34 of 43 passes for 428 yards and six scores, which includes connecting with Connor Niles 15 times for 166 yards and three touchdowns. Solsma’s day was highlighted by a 75-yard bomb to Austin Johnson on the Mustangs’ first play from scrimmage in the second half.

“We didn’t really play as well as we thought we would,” said DWU defensive back Trey DeCroock, who intercepted Morningside backup Joe Dolincheck. “... We just had mental mistakes all over, and it definitely didn’t help us down the stretch.”

DWU hosts Northwestern College at 7 p.m. on Sept. 22.

MOR: 21 24 21 0

DWU: 3   7 3 0

Scoring Summary

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First quarter

M: Jacob Harvey 2 run (Jared Amundson kick)

M: Reid Jurgensmeier 16 pass from Trent Solsma (Amundson kick)

DWU: Tate Gale 39 field goal

M: Niles 1 pass from Solsma (Amundson kick)

Second quarter

DWU: Daniel Libolt 12 pass from Shaye Slaughter (Gale kick)

M: Amundson 34 field goal

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M: Niles 26 pass from Solsma (Amundson kick)

M: Niles 8 pass from Solsma (Amundson kick)

M: Harvey 52 run (Amundson kick)

Third quarter

M: Austin Johnson 75 pass from Solsma (Amundson kick)

M: Klayton Nordeen 30 interception return (Amundson kick)

M: Jared Myers 19 pass from Solsma (Amundson kick)

DWU: Gale 32 field goal

RUSHING: Morningside, Harvey 3-57, Ethan Stratman 18-49, Anthony Sims 9-34, Bo Els 2-14; Dakota Wesleyan, Luke Loudenburg 18-20, Spencer Neugebauer 3-9, Chayden Fitzsimmons 4-4, Slaughter 6-2.

PASSING: Morningside, Solsma 34-43-428-6-0; Dakota Wesleyan, Slaughter 18-41-224-2-2.

RECEIVING: Morningside, Niles 15-166, Johnson 2-83, Els 7-50, Drake Martinez 1-45, Jurgensmeier 3-32, Addison Ross 3-27; Dakota Wesleyan, Libolt 8-88, Neugebauer 3-54, Preston Emerson 2-33, Jonny Withrow 3-29, Jace Pulse 2-20.

DEFENSE: Morningside, Joel Katzer 7 tackles, Jacob Katzer 7 tackles, Klayton Nordeen 6 tackles, 1 interception, Xavier Spann 2 tackles, 1 interception; Dakota Wesleyan, Eathen Gaulke 8 tackles, Cody Reichelt 7 tackles, Tyrel Haley 7 tackles, Dillon Rork 4 tackles, 1 sack, Trey DeCroock 4 tackles, 1 interception.

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