If there was something to take away from the second half of Hastings College’s game against Morningside, it’s that the Broncos can play compete with the one of the top ranked teams in NAIA. But if there’s anything the game in its entirety showed, it’s that Morningside is very good.
The Broncos lost the battle of the GPAC’s only remaining unbeatens Saturday, falling 53-23 to fourth-ranked Morningside at Lloyd Wilson Field. The win snapped a nine-game home win streak and also extended Morningside’s winning streak over Hastings to nine games.
No. 14 Hastings College was down 27-3 going into halftime, but the Broncos didn’t lie down. They created opportunities to get back into the game in the third quarter, holding the Mustangs to only six points. But in the end, Morningside proved they are a top-five team.
“We showed that we had some heart. We showed that we can overcome adversity,” said Hastings College head coach Tony Harper, whose team fell to 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the GPAC. “The only thing is, you can’t overcome that many points against the fourth-ranked team in the nation. They are that deservingly so. They have a great coaching staff, they have great football players over there. But I think you saw some of our guys step up and make plays. We just have to do that earlier in the game.”