Gibbs and Thomas receive player of week honors
Logan Gibbs, a 6-0, 200 lb. senior linebacker from Maxwell, Iowa, and Devin Thomas, a 5-10, 190 lb. senior wide receiver from Council Bluffs, Iowa, were named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Defensive and Special Team Players of the Week for their performances in last Saturday’s 63-0 shutout victory against Briar Cliff University.
Gibbs topped the Mustangs’ tackle chart with five solos and six assists for a season’s high 11 total tackles, including two stops behind the line of scrimmage for losses of two yards, to go along with a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a pass breakup. Gibbs set up the Mustangs’ fourth touchdown of the game when he stripped the ball from the Chargers’ Bret Van Muyden and returned the fumble 15 yards to the Briar Cliff one-yard line.
His defensive exploits helped the Mustangs limit Briar Cliff to 86 yards total offense as they shut out the Chargers for the third year in a row.
Thomas had three punt returns for 90 yards and a touchdown in the win against Briar Cliff. He returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter for the Mustangs’ second touchdown of the game. Thomas had a 17-yard punt return earlier in the quarter that set the Mustangs up for their first touchdown drive from Briar Cliff’s 31-yard line.
Aside from his punt return exploits, Thomas also led the Mustangs with seven pass receptions for 131 yards to go over the 100-yard mark for the third game in a row and for the fifth time this season.
Morningside will take a No. 1 national ranking and a 7-0 record into a 1 p.m. home game against Concordia University this Saturday at Elwood Olsen Stadium.