Broncos football unable to stop top-ranked Morningside

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Despite a promising defensive start to their first couple drives, the Hastings College football team could not keep the No. 1 Morningside Mustangs at bay on Saturday, falling to the Mustangs 69-13 at Lloyd Wilson Field.

Morningside started the game off with the ball but was unable to pick up the first down, as the Broncos were able to stop the first down run for a negative three yards. An incompletion on second down, then the Broncos were able to stop the Mustangs on third down forcing Morningside to punt. The Broncos were unable to move the ball either on their first possession forced to punt. This punt set up a 49-yard passing touchdown from Joe Dolincheck to Reid Jurgensmeier to put the Mustangs up 7-0.

Another big play for the Mustangs help put them up 14-0 after a 66 yard passing touch down from Dolincheck to Bo Els. On their next possession, the Broncos were knocking at the Mustangs door, driving the ball all the way down to Morningside's own five-yard line. On first and five, Isaiah Jackson (SR/Compton, CA) looks to squeeze it to Keiotey Stenhouse (SR/Pacoima, CA) but is intercepted by the Mustangs and they take it 95-yards back for a touchdown putting the Mustangs up 21-0.

After the touchdown, Morningside carried the momentum throughout the rest of the first half, as Hastings was unable to pick up another first down while scoring on a 38-yard and 6-yard Arnijae Ponder rushing touchdowns and a 6-yard Anthony Sims rushing touchdown holding a 41-0 lead heading into half.

On their first drive of the second half, Hastings was unable to keep the ball moving after they picked up a first down due to a pass interference penalty on Morningside, but the Broncos offense stalled again.

A 33-yard and a 2-yard rushing touchdown by Anthony Sims and a 2-yard Tupak Kpeayeh rushing touchdown put the Mustangs up 62-0 with 14:23 left in the fourth quarter.

Morningside had one final scoring play when they punched it in from 23-yard out to push the score to 69-0.

It was till late fourth quarter when the Hastings offense was able to put some points on the board. After Tucker Schneiderheinz (SO/Central City, NE) recovered a muffed punt, the Broncos offense starts the drive the Mustangs own 27-yard line. Two plays later on 3rd and 1, John Zamora (FR/San Antonio, TX ) was able to find Stenhouse for an 18-yard touchdown. After a missed PAT, the Mustangs lead 69-6. After forcing the Mustangs to punt on their next possession, the Broncos, led by Jesse Ulrich (FR/Ord, NE) behind center, were able to drive down the field to score again on an 18-yard rushing touchdown by Ulrich to make the eventual 69-13 final score.

Hastings was outgained 637-to-249 by Morningside.

The Broncos will look to return back to action on Homecoming weekend, when they will host Midland University next Saturday. Kickoff against the Tigers is slated for 1 p.m. CST.