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Morningside and Grand View universities to face off in NAIA football championship

Morningside vs. Grand View football
Mike Byrnes
Morningside University
Sioux City's Morningside University will play against Des Moines' Grand View University in the NAIA football championship on Saturday.

Two Iowa universities will face off at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Football championship in Durham, North Carolina on Saturday.

This is the first time Morningside University in Sioux City and Grand View University in Des Moines will vie against each other for the title.

Morningside students and faculty cheered for their football team as they hit the road for Durham on Tuesday. Junior Garrett Arbuckle was among the over 60 fans gathered to send off the team.

“The atmosphere on campus since last Saturday when we won against Northwestern (Orange City, Iowa) has been pure and utter excitement,” he said. “Everyone’s ready to get done with the semester and get out to North Carolina to support Mustang football.”

This is the third time in the last four years Morningside has played in the title game. It will be Grand View’s first appearance since winning the championship in 2013.

Arbuckle will be joining a group of Morningside students and fans who are traveling to North Carolina to support the team from the stands. He said he’s excited to see the outcome of the game.

“The national championship is coming home to Iowa one way or another. Hopefully it will be right here in Sioux City with our Mustangs,” he said.

The game starts at 6 p.m. at Durham County Memorial Stadium.

Kendall was Iowa Public Radio’s western Iowa reporter based in Sioux City, IA until Jan. 20, 2023.