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The Sioux County Capital Democrat is one of the largest circulating newspapers in Sioux County with a distribution in excess of 1,200. The heaviest circulation is in the south section of Sioux County, serving primarily the cities and rural routes of: • Orange City • Hospers • Alton • Sioux Center • Granville • Maurice Also serving: Sheldon, Boyden, Hull, Rock Valley, Hawarden and Ireton.
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GPAC TITLE ON THE LINE
By PAT SINNEMA
ORANGE CITY – Northwestern vs. Morningside. Red Raiders vs. Mustangs. #2 vs. #3. NAIA Game of the Week.
No matter how you choose to label it, this weekend’s matchup between the two, top GPAC football teams will earn them one of these titles: “Conference Champion” or “Conference Runner-up.” Over the past decade, Northwestern and Morningside have been perched at the top of the GPAC conference standings, often battling it out in the regular season for the previously mentioned titles. The story is no different in 2021, as the #3 nationally-ranked Mustangs (8-0, 7-0) will make the short trip from Sioux City to Orange City on Saturday to take on the #2 nationally-ranked Red Raiders.
Raiders head coach, Matt McCarty, is excited to continue the series against the Mustangs. “It is a great game. We have a ton of respect for their coaches, players, and program,” said McCarty. “We tend to bring out the best in each other. The past five years, our regular-season games have all been for the GPAC title, and last season we played to go to the National Championship game. It is a great atmosphere and a fun opportunity to see where you are and what you need to do to be better.”
The two teams tangled twice last season, with Morningside taking the regular-season matchup by a score of 45-31 and Northwestern exacting their revenge with a 44-41 win in the NAIA National semi-finals. Most of the main characters from last year’s offensive juggernauts rank first (Morningside, 60.5 points per game) and third (Northwestern, 49.7 points per game) in the NAIA in scoring, return for the 2021 matchup.
The quarterback battle will feature two of the most prominent names in NAIA football over the past four years. At the same time, Northwestern has relied on the services of reigning NAIA Player of the Year, senior Tyson Kooima, over the past four-plus years. Kooima is coming off a ruptured Achilles injury that kept him out of the season’s first six games. However, in his first start of the season, he turned in a “nearly-perfect” performance against Dordt last weekend, completing 13-of-13 passes for 283 yards and six touchdowns. For Morningside, Joe Dolincheck returns for his senior year and is completing 70.2 percent of passes while racking up 2,608 yards through the air and tossing 25 touchdown passes. Last season, Dolincheck was the leading passer in the NAIA, throwing for 3,727 yards and 35 touchdowns.
Senior Anthony Sims is the leading back for Morningside and has put together arguably the best rushing season in the NAIA this season with 1,065 yards gained rushing and 21
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