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Emmet County helps out No. 5 Morningside

By Staff | Oct 10, 2009

Left to right are Morningside Mustangs senior Wade Planting, sophomore Caleb Caboth, senior Jake Peterson and senior Ben Haugen. Photo submitted

SIOUX CITY – The fifth-ranked football team of Morningside College in Sioux City can thank Emmet County for producing some of its key contributors.

Former Armstrong-Ringsted running back Jake Peterson and former Estherville Lincoln Central stand-outs Wade Planting and Ben Haugen have played major roles in the Mustangs success this season. Another former Midget, Caleb Caboth, a 6-0, 180 pound defensive back, has been a productive player on the JV squad.

Peterson recently set Morningside rushing records and was named AIA National Offensive Player of the Week and the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week with a 284-yard, performance in a 62-7 homecoming victory over Dana College, breaking his own record of 225 yards which he set earlier this season against Northwestern College. Peterson’s 12.9 yards per carry against Northwestern also set a Mustang record.

The 6-3, 230-pound Planting is a senior and the starting tight-end for the Mustangs. He has one catch for 13 yards on the year. Haugen, a 6-2, 245-pound senior defensive end, is ninth on the team with 11 tackles and tied for the team lead in sacks with two.

The Mustangs are 4-0 on the year. They are the third-highest scoring team in the nation with an average of 52.5 points per game. Morningside ranks third nationally with an average of 289.8 yards rushing per game and fourth with an average of 522.5 yards total offense per game and they rank third nationally in defense at 8.8 points per game.