The top-ranked Morningside College Mustangs took a 37-0 lead after the first quarter and cruised to a 61-0 win over the University of Jamestown football team Saturday afternoon in Sioux City, Iowa.

The Mustangs (6-0 overall, 5-0 Great Plains Athletic Conference) opened the game with a safety, then found the end zone five times in the opening 15 minutes. Two more touchdowns and a field goal in the second quarter pushed the lead to 54-0.

A stingy Morningside defense held the Jimmies to 83 yards in the first half on 34 plays. UJ's four possessions in the second half yielded 55 yards on 17 plays.

Jamestown (1-7, 1-5 GPAC) finished with 119 rushing yards on 39 attempts. Junior running back Tanner Mathern had 59 yards on 13 carries, including the Jimmies' longest play of the game, an 11-yard rush. Josiah Cage added 39 yards on eight attempts while Jimmy Hatch finished with 29 yards on 12 carries.

TJ Milk, Jordan Olson and Jeremy Hautau led the defense with six tackles each. Levi Scribner had five stops, including a tackle for a loss, and two of Zachary Phillips' four tackles were for a loss.

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Izaak Myles averaged 40.8 yards on his eight punts while Barry Williams Jr. and Marcus Giles each had kickoff returns of 23 yards or more.

Jamestown hosts Midland (Neb.) on Saturday, October 26. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

(1) Morningside College 61, Jamestown 0

UJ 0 0 0 0 -- 0

MC 37 17 7 0 -- 61

Scoring

First quarter

M: Saftey, 14:01.

M: AP Ponder 1 run (Chase Carter kick), 11:49.

M: Reid Jurgensmeier 22 pass from Joe Dolincheck (Carter kick), 9:28.

M: Jamal Jones 30 interception return (Carter kick), 9:19.

M: Jurgensmeier 14 pass from Dolincheck (Parker Hansen kick), 4:32.

M: Ponder 30 pass from Dolincheck (Carter kick), 1:34.

Second quarter

M: Ponder 2 run (Hansen kick), 10:53.

M: Jurgensmeier 26 pass from Dolincheck (Carter kick), 7:28.

M: Hansen 22 field goal, 1:59.

Third quarter

M: Anthony Sims 2 run (Carter kick), 8:26.

Total offense: J, 123 (119 rushing). M, 519 (237 rushing).

Individual stats

Passing: J, Jordan Mann 0-9-1 0, Cade Torgerson 2-3-0 4. M, Joe Dolincheck 13-14-0 239, Tate Robards 4-7-0 36, Jake Taute 2-2-0 7.

Rushing: J, Tanner Mathern 13-59, Josiah Cage 8-39, Jimmy Hatch 12-29, Torgerson 2-8, Mann 4-(-10). M, AP Ponder 13-107, Anthony Sims 8-64, Tupak Kpeayeah 6-39, Ethan Stratman 7-20, Matt Strecker 2-5, Dolincheck 1-2.

Receiving: J, Marcus Giles 2-4. M, Reid Jurgensmeier 5-107, Bo Els 4-62, Austin Johnson 2-31, Ponder 1-30, Addison Ross 1-16, Jake Knott 2-15, Sione Tuifua 1-9, Brandy Holmes 1-5, Logan McGill 1-5, Brandon Vondrak 1-2.

Tackles: J, TJ Milk 6, Jordan Olson 6, JeremyHautau 6, Levi Scribner 5. M. Jacob Katzer 7, Gage Haake 5, Dominick Barrett 5.

Sacks: M, katzer 2-9, Carter Anderson 1-6Barrett 0.5-3, Seth Maitlen 0.5.

Interceptions: Jamal Jones 1-30.

Records: Morningside 6-0, 5-0 GPAC. Jamestown 1-7, 1-5.