By Zack Gentry
Concordia Bulldog football ended its season Saturday with a 55-18 loss to the Morningside Mustangs at home.
The Bulldogs finished the season 4-6, and 4-6 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference as well.
The Bulldogs had major help this season from senior wide receiver Korrell Koehlmoos, who broke the single season record with 12 touchdowns.
“Each year was a new chapter and each chapter had divergent obstacles, Koehlmoos said, “whether injuries or a new role. Like this year I had to be a leader and I had to learn to do that.”
In the first quarter, the Mustangs had a great first possession, driving down the field into scoring position. Senior cornerback Jayzen Armstrong stopped the drive with his first pick of the game.
On the first Bulldog possession sophomore quarterback D.J. McGarvie threw his first interception, but the Bulldogs stopped the Mustangs and forced them to kick, going up 3-0.
The Bulldogs started slow, and on just three plays, for about 50 yards, Morningside rushed for their first touchdown of the game to push the lead to 10-0.
The Bulldogs found some momentum toward the end of the quarter after a tackle for loss by the defense. McGarvie found senior wide receiver Carsen Arline for a 15-yard passing touchdown to get on the board at 10-6 after a blocked extra point.
At the start of the second quarter, the Mustangs had the momentum after a Bulldog punt but came up short after another interception by Armstrong. The Mustangs recorded two additional rushing touchdowns before the half to go up 24-6.
At the beginning of the third quarter, McGarvie threw his second interception, which led to another rushing touchdown by the Mustangs to extend the lead 31-6.
McGarvie threw a huge ball to junior tight-end Luke Lang that helped the Bulldogs score on another passing touchdown to Koehlmoos, putting the score at 31-12. The Bulldogs and the Mustangs each recorded another touchdown to finish the quarter at 38-18.
In the fourth quarter, the Mustangs took control and scored twice with a fourth rushing touchdown and their first passing touchdown. They added a field goal to end the game 55-18.
Senior center Johnny Robinson said the end of the season felt “unreal.”
“It feels like yesterday was the first day of freshman year and now it’s over,” Robinson said. “It’s weird.”