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Mustangs Try to Take Next Step

Morningside has been elite for the past decade, but this fall they're ready to take the next step and be national champions.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (ABC9 Sports)--Over the past decade, few teams can match the Morningside Mustangs. 

They've gone 101-21 (.828), advanced to the NAIA playoffs each season, reaching the quarterfinals eight times in the past ten years. But the Mustangs have yet to be the last team standing at the end of the year.

In each of the last two seasons, the Mustangs have fallen to the eventual national champions. Two years ago it was to Marian in overtime in the national championship game. Last year it was to Grand View in the semifinals.

While Morningside has big shoes to fill--notably those of NAIA National Player of the Year Kyle Schuck--they return tons of firepower from one of the top offenses in the country.

Ryan Kasdorf will be back from a knee injury for his second season under center. He will have a talented stable of running backs, highlighted by Brandon Wegher and Jon Halvorson, behind him. 

The Mustangs open the 2014 campaign in North Dakota against Valley City State on September 6.
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