Football falls short against Morningside

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Senior Connor O'Toole surveys the field in Doane's 42-10 loss against the top ranked Morningside Mustangs.

Doane football played their last home game this past Saturday against the NAIA’s top team, Morningside.

The Tigers defense held the Mustangs to their lowest point total of the season, giving up 42 points. Senior Garret Fries had a day for the Tigers tallying 13 tackles and an interception. Junior Warren Horne followed with 11 tackles.

The Tigers offense struggled throughout the game, tallying a total of 124 yards offense. 128 yards came from the passing game, but the rushing stats amounted to negative four yards. 

The first half was a battle for the Tigers, who had visions of a potential upset from their first 30 minutes of play. Sophomore Cooper Bates broke up a pass on fourth down on the Mustangs’ first possession to prevent the top-ranked team from scoring.

On the next possession, the defense stepped up once again to force a field goal attempt from 30 yards out. Senior Josh Delgado blocked the ensuing attempt to keep the game scoreless. The first quarter ended at 0-0.

The Mustangs scored a touchdown early into the second quarter. Doane’s first possession of the second half amounted to three points, with Senior Bryce Cooney nailing a 41-yard field goal. 

The Mustangs would take their next possession and get another seven points, making their lead 14-3. The Mustangs had a chance to add more points on the board but decided to go for a first down on a fourth down on the 12-yard line. The Tiger defense once again stood their ground, with junior Damond Brown intercepting the intended pass.

Following a punt, the Tiger’s defense was again on the field, and another interception was the outcome. This time, Senior Connor O’Toole tipped the ball away from the Mustangs receiver, and senior Garret Fries picked off the pass, returning it 42-yards to the 9-yard line. 

Doane had 50 seconds to make the most of their great field position, and they did. Junior quarterback Drake Davidson threw a jump ball to junior Izaiah Celestine, who lept over the defender for a touchdown. Cooney converted the extra point, and the Tigers went to halftime down to the top team in the nation by only four at halftime.

The second half was not the same story, as Morningside held the Tigers scoreless the entire half. The Tigers offense was able to muster just two first downs the entire half, and Morningside took care of business on their end. They added four touchdowns to their scoreline, making the final of the game 42-10.

The football team will finish up their season at Midland. Kickoff will be on Nov. 9 at 1 p.m.