by Chaise Pfanstiel–Morningside took down the Mount Marty Lancers Saturday with a final score of 47-17.
The Mustangs dominated throughout all quarters of the game. They outscored the Lancers 14-3 at the end of the first. The Mustangs would add 20 points in the fourth quarter alone to put the game away.
Morningside tacked up its first touchdown when junior Trent Lane galloped into the endzone from a yard away. Lane would have the next score of the first quarter as well putting the Mustangs ahead for good.
You might hear “defense wins games” and that is just what solidified the win for the Mustangs. Mount Marty pulled to within 21-17 in the third quarter. That is when the defensive players said enough. Malik Hampton stripped a second-and-goal run attempt, popping up to celebrate after making the hit to force the Lancers to lose the ball. Morningside would respond by rumbling down field and scoring after only a two-minute drive.
Hampton’s forced fumble was the force that changed the energy of the game. The Mustangs would go on to have 272 passing yards, 228 rushing yards, and 29 minutes of possession. Hampton added nine total tackles on the day supported by teammates Lonnell Boyd Jr. and Issac Pingel both adding nine tackles.
Cash Parker, freshman quarterback, emerged during this game. He went on to complete 15 of 22 passes, for three touchdown throws. Receiver Zach Norton tacked on 10 catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns for himself and the Mustangs. Norton set the tone for the fourth quarter as he hauled in a 66-yard touchdown pass for a score. For his effort he was named GPAC Offensive Player of the Week.
The Mustangs first home game went exactly as planned, ending in a win. Morningside will now prep for their contest next Saturday against the Midland Warriors. Kick off will be at 1 p.m. at Elwood Olsen Stadium.