Morningside plays for the NAIA championship on Saturday when the Mustangs take on Benedictine of Kansas in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Morningside is 14-0 and top ranked while Benedictine is seventh ranked and brings an 11 game winning streak into the title contest.
That’s Morningside coach Steve Ryan who says Benedictine employs a physical, ball control offense.
Ryan says a good start and getting the lead will be even more important against that style.
Morningside’s explosive offense creates most of the headlines but the Mustang defense ranks third in the country by giving up just under 15 points per game.
Ryan says championship games always features momentum swings and the team that handles those the best will win. Morningside lost the 2012 title game to Marian of Indiana in overtime.
Morningside is trying to become the first Iowa school to win a small college national title since Grand View won the NAIA crown in 2013.