SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Nearly 1,200 total yards and 90 points headlined another storied edition of the Morningside College – Northwestern College gridiron rivalry Saturday, May 1.
With fans of both national and Great Plains Athletic Conference powerhouse programs on the edge of their seats throughout the 60-minute heavyweight fight on the FieldTurf at Elwood Olsen Stadium, a touchdown pass with 16 seconds remaining in regulation was the difference in the No. 6-ranked Red Raiders stopping the two-time defending national champion Mustangs 44-41. Despite the difficult defeat that left the Maroon a game short of reaching the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ championship contest for a third successive season, there was still plenty of hero status on the home sideline on a warm early May afternoon.
Senior running back Anthony Sims (SR/Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) was one of the brightest. He concluded a remarkable championship series run with 40 carries for 244 yards and three touchdowns. Sims tallied 559 yards and seven scores during the postseason stretch, an average of better than 186 yards and two touchdowns per appearance. Junior quarterback Joe Dolincheck (JR/Bellevue, Neb.) (Bellevue, Neb.) stepped up with another stellar performance firing for 347 yards and one touchdown, with junior wide receiver Austin Johnson (JR/Sioux Falls, SD) (Sioux Falls, S.D.) hauling in 10 receptions and 164 yards and a paydirt strike.
Mside’s defense did manage to get to potent dual-threat signal-caller Tyson Kooima six times for sacks. Senior defensive lineman Carter Anderson (SR/Blair, Neb.) (Blair, Neb.) led the charge with two. Fellow Class of 2021 member Tyler Wingert (SR/Holstein, Iowa), a linebacker from Holstein, Iowa, led the defense with six tackles, with one being a sack.
The Maroon finish the 2020 slate with a 10-1 record and a 10th straight and 11th all-time league championship.