Connor Niles

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CRETE, Neb. | The fourth-ranked Morningside football team earned a share of its seventh straight GPAC title with a 41-10 victory over No. 24 Doane here Saturday.

The Mustangs used a balanced attack as they ran for 245 yards and passed for 228 yards while racing out to a 35-0 lead at halftime.

Trent Solsma was 22 of 28 throwing for 228 yards and two touchdowns and Connor Niles had seven catches for 101 yards and a 36-yard TD reception.

Niles needed just 11 yards coming into the game to become the school's all-time leader in reception yards. The junior broke the record of 3,277 by Beau Kildow and now sits at 3,367 yards.

Running back Bubba Jenkins continued his torrid pace with 154 yards and two touchdowns.

After Solsma scored on a 1-yard run early in the first quarter, Jenkins stretched the lead to 14-0 with a 4-yard TD run. Arnijae Ponder would make it 21-0 in the first quarter on a 7-yard TD run.

After Niles' TD reception Jenkins would score on a 1-yard dash into the end zone. Jenkins now has 1,618 yards rushing this season and 23 touchdowns.

Morningside's final score came on Chad Berg's 15-yard TD reception in the third quarter. Berg had seven receptions on the day.

Doane (5-4, 3-4) got a 29-yard field goal in the third quarter and Collin Ellis returned a blocked punt 41 yards for a score in the fourth.

The Mustang defense held Doane to 71 yards rushing while Deion Clayborne and Caden McDonald picked off Tigers quarterback Jack Shadley, who threw for just 150 yards.

Morningside (10-0, 7-0) will look to conclude the perfect regular season Saturday when they travel to face Concordia.

The Mustangs should move up in the next NAIA rankings after second-ranked Baker (Kan.) fell on the road to Missouri Valley.

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