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Jasper County Tribune

Former Tigerhawk Myers wins second national title for Morningside football

Colfax-Mingo graduate Jared Myers celebrates a second NAIA football national championship for Morningside College on Dec. 21 at Eddie Robinson Stadium in Grambling, Louisiana.
Colfax-Mingo graduate Jared Myers celebrates a second NAIA football national championship for Morningside College on Dec. 21 at Eddie Robinson Stadium in Grambling, Louisiana.

Former Colfax-Mingo standout Jared Myers couldn’t have picked a better NAIA football program to spend his four collegiate seasons at.

Myers chose Morningside College after setting several passing records at Colfax-Mingo.

Four years later, Myers was part of back-to-back national championships and a 52-3 team record.

The top-ranked Mustangs capped their 14-0 season in 2019 with a 40-38 win over second-ranked Marian University in the national championship game on Dec. 21.

“It was definitely a highlight of my football career,” Myers said. “Just having one national title would have been a highlight let alone two.”

Myers switched positions at Morningside. He played an H-Back position for the Mustangs. He appeared in all 14 games this past season and caught nine passes for 106 yards.

He had a 44-yard reception in the team’s 21-16 semifinal win over fourth-ranked Grand View University.

That 44-yarder against Grand View came on third down and set up a Morningside touchdown.

Myers said his parents Steve and Jan Myers, his younger brother Justin and his grandparents all made the trip to the national title game.

There were several other friends and family who also made the trip to Sioux City for the semifinal game.

Myers said about 1,000 Morningside fans made the trip to Eddie Robinson Stadium at Grambling, Louisiana for the national championship. He said a lot of his college friends were there as well, while his hometown friends had watch parties back home.

Morningside was 14-0 this past season. The Mustangs finished 15-0 and won the national championship last season, too.

They were 13-1 during Myers’ sophomore season and 10-2 his freshman year.

Myers’ season-high for catches was three and it came in the first game of the season. He had three catches for 21 yards against the University of St. Francis.

He had one catch for 20 yards against Dordt, two catches for four yards against Midland and one catch for nine yards against Dickinson State.

As a junior, Myers hauled in 20 passes for 222 yards and four touchdowns. He had TD grabs against Truman State, Dakota Wesleyan, Dordt and Hastings. Myers had at least one catch in 12 games that season.

After graduation, Myers said he plans on moving back to the Des Moines area and find work in something involving the agriculture industry.

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