In a 5-0 start to the season third ranked Doane has beaten three straight opponents ranked in the NAIA Poll. The biggest hurdle awaits in Sioux City. The Tigers visits sixth ranked Morningside and a victory combined with a favorable schedule down the stretch would give them the inside track to the Great Plains Athletic Conference Championship.
“No matter what happens this week our postseason fate is very much in our own hands”, said Doane coach Matt Franzen. “We are going to be in a really good position moving into the last four games of the season to control our own destiny.”
Morningside is 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the GPAC. Mustangs coach Steve Ryan says Doane is winning with a Big Ten style of play.
“They run the ball well, control the ball and play great special teams”, said Ryan. “They have scored a number of special teams touchdowns this year and their defense creates turnovers. They do a great job with the fundamentals of the game.”
Turnovers have been a key for the Tigers, who have created 20 turnovers while committing only five. Franzen says avoiding early mistakes against Morningside is crucial. The Mustangs have scored two defensive touchdowns in the first quarter of their last two conference games.
“You can’t do that in any game but against a team as explosive as this one if you gift wrap defensive touchdowns for them your fate is pretty well sealed”, added Franzen. “We need to take care of the ball on offense.”