Published On: Fri, Dec 2nd, 2016

Loberg was big part of Morningside’s run

Ft. Wayne, Ind. — Morningside College’s football season ended in the quarterfinals last week.

The Mustangs run into the post-season was aided by Randolph native Dylan Loberg.

Fourth ranked Saint Francis (Ind.) used a big second half comeback to defeat fifth ranked Morningside, 42-35, in Saturday’s NAIA Football Championship Series Quarterfinal in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Saint Francis rallied from a 20-0 deficit late in the first half.

The Mustangs closed the books on a 10-2 campaign that saw them win a sixth consecutive Great Plains Athletic Conference championship and reach at least the NAIA Quarterfinals for the 11th time in the last 13 years.

“As much as it hurts to end our season just two games shy of our team goal to play in the National Championship game in Daytona Beach, Fla., I am very excited to start work right away for next season,”  Dylan Loberg, a freshman and second leading rusher on the Morningside team, said, “It just hurts knowing our senior class will go without getting that ring.”  screenshot-2016-12-02-13-40-57

After a completely dominant first half by Morningside, Saint Francis turned the tide in the second half.  The Mustangs’ offense put up 343 yards of total offense compared to just 80 yards by St. Francis in the first half.  Morningside still won the statistical battle by amassing 590 total yards to their opponents 474, but Morningside just couldn’t put it in the enzdone to capitalize on long drives and advance to this Saturday’s Semifinal round.