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Published: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 12:31 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 12:47 a.m. CDT
Morningside sophomore receiver Alan Smith of Creston (19) runs a route against Grand View defensive back Kenny Jones (14). Grand View won the NAIA semifinal playoff game in Des Moines, 35-0.

Vikings advance

DES MOINES — No. 2 Grand View shut out No. 5 Morningside 35-0 in the NAIA Football Championship Series semifinals Saturday at Williams Stadium.

The Vikings (13-0) advance to the national title game in Rome, Ga., on Dec. 21 against No. 1-ranked Cumberlands (Ky.). The Mustangs (11-2), which entered the game with the est offense in the nation at 49 points and nearly 600 yards per game, were limited to just 245 yards in the shutout defeat.

Morningside quarterback Ryan Kasdorf, who was injured in the team's quarterfinal win over Baker, did not start.

Grand View quarterback Derek Fulton and receiver Brady Roland hooked up seven times for 146 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings scored 21 points in the second quarter to take a 28-0 halftime lead.

Sophomore Alan Smith of Creston played wide receiver in the game for Morningside, which is coached by Steve Ryan, brother of Sue Maitlen of Creston. Briar Evans of Creston is redshirting as a freshman for the Mustangs.

Bearcats win

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Freshman running back Phil Jackson II rushed for four touchdowns and senior running back Billy Creason added three as Northwest Missouri State University posted a 59-21 victory over St. Cloud State Saturday in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals.

Bearcat defensive lineman Collin Bevins of Creston did not play in the game because of a knee injury. Keaton Hulett of Creston is a redshirting freshman defensive end on the Bearcats team.

Northwest (13-0) moves on to the semifinals and will face Grand Valley State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Bearcat Stadium. The game will be carried live on ESPN3.

General ticket sales will begin online (www.nwmissouri.edu) and at the student services desk beginning 8 a.m. Wednesday. Ticket prices are $10 for youth, ages three through high school. Adult tickets are $15. Standing room only tickets for all ages three and above are $10.


KNOXVILLE — The Creston/O-M boys bowling team took first place and the girls team placed second at the Knoxville Tournament Saturday.

A complete report will appear in an upcoming edition of the Creston News Advertiser.

Spartans sweep

The Southwestern men's basketball team improved to 6-5 with a pair of weekend road victories.

The Spartans defeated William Penn JV 74-66 Saturday before traveling to Waverly Sunday and beating the Wartburg JV, 68-62.

More coverage will appear in Tuesday's News Advertiser.

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