Niklas Gustav was caught in the act — again.
The onetime Aquinas High School star defensive tackle, who plays at NAIA powerhouse Morningside (Iowa) College, helped lift the Mustangs to a 56-22 win over Concordia (Nebraska) University Saturday afternoon, Nov. 7.
Gustav, who holds Morningside’s career record with 23 QB sacks, added two more stops amid his six-tackle performance in the unbeaten Mustangs’ seventh straight win.
Dragging down Concordia QB Blake Culbert twice, Gustav swept past Bob McCabe as the school’s all-time sacks leader at a game played in Seward, Neb.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder, who has played in 45 career games, was a second-team Great Plains Athletic Conference pick on last year’s squad. One season before, in 2018, he was a first-team selection on a 15-0 Mustangs squad that won the NAIA championship.
Morningside hasn’t lost a GPAC game throughout Gustav’s four seasons, 25-0 over three years heading into 2020. The Hamburg, Germany native is seeking to play on a third national championship team.
Morningside has two regular season games remaining, both at home, against Doane (Neb.) and Hastings (Neb.).
At Aquinas in his senior season in 2015, he was part of an 8-5 Falcons’ team that reached the CIF Northwest Division semifinals, losing to eventual champion Riverside Notre Dame.
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Niklas Gustav’s younger brother, Joshka, saw time in Colorado’s 48-42, season opening win over UCLA Saturday, Nov. 7.
Late in the first quarter, he stopped UCLA RB Demetric Felton on a 2-yard carry.
He hurried Bruins’ QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson into an errant first-and-10 pass in the final quarter, leading to an incompletion.
Another pillar in Aquinas’ growing list of football success, Joshka played both tight end and defensive end on a Falcons squad that notched 25 wins in 29 games over his junior and senior seasons.
At Colorado, he is a redshirt freshman.
The Gustav brothers, who showed up at Aquinas High School in search of college football opportunities, hailed from nearby Cherry Valley.
Ex-Cajon star couldn’t shoot down USC
Jayden Daniels couldn’t do it alone.
Arizona State’s (ASU) 28-27 loss to No. 20 USC in Los Angeles on Saturday came down to a fourth-and-nine completion from Kedon Slovis to Drake London, resulting in a 21-yard TD with 1:20 left.
Daniels, the ex-Cajon High School star who won the starting QB job as a freshman at ASU last season, passed for 134 yards and ran for 111 more. He faced strong pressure from USC’s pass rush throughout the game.
Four straight passes fell incomplete in the Sun Devils’ final drive to pull out the win at the Coliseum. He was 11-of-23 with a 55-yard TD pass and no interceptions.
ACC shootout had local touch
It was an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) shootout when 11th-ranked University of Miami survived a 41-point onslaught by North Carolina State Friday night.
Jaedan Phillips, playing left defensive end for Miami, was part of the Hurricanes’ attack trying to slow up the Wolfpack offense. They did, barely, winning 44-41.
Phillips, a Redlands East Valley star defender, had a second quarter sack of North Carolina State QB Bailey Hockman. It forced a Wolfpack field goal attempt; the Hurricanes watching their lead shrink to 21-17 at the time.
ESPN play-by-play announcer Jason Benneti made the call: “Hockman is sacked, dropped. Jaelan Phillips, the UCLA transfer.”
Said color analyst Andre Ware, the 1989 Heisman Trophy winner from Houston on Phillips: “A really good-looking athlete, 6-5, 266. We talked about the two [defensive] ends, he’s able to come inside of a nice little game with the defensive tackle … able to come underneath and he’s able to get himself home.”
In the final minutes of the half, Phillips was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on a questionable foul.
ESPN rules expert Matt Austin said, “I didn’t see anything wrong. It looks like he tried to jab the ball out. I don’t think it was a punch or a slap or anything like that.
“I would just get in there and talk to the player.”
With the Hurricanes trailing 41-37 in the fourth quarter, Phillips (seven tackles, three solo hits) was part of a third down stop that led to a final Miami possession with 3:51 left.
Miami pulled off the victory when D’Eriq King, who totaled 535 yards, connected on a 54-yard TD pass with 2:51 left.
Phillips’ Hurricanes’ defense held on from there.
San Jose State remains unbeaten
Isaiah Holiness, who was part of some special teams at Redlands East Valley High School, has joined an unbeaten college team.
San Jose State improved to 3-0 off a 28-17 upset win over San Diego State in Carson Friday night.
Holiness, who had a hand in the Spartans’ win over New Mexico State the previous weekend, started at wide receiver but did not catch a pass from either Nick Nash or Nick Starkel.
San Diego State’s Jelani Whitmore (Rialto Carter) did not play for the Aztecs.
BYU-at-Boise State had local flavor
Aaron Goldsmith and Petris Papadakis, appearing on Fox Sports 1 Network in the call of Friday night’s game, watched ninth-ranked BYU knock off No. 21 Boise State, 51-17 on the Mustangs’ blue turf field.
BYU, which shot up to No. 6 in this week’s CFP rankings, had a trio of Fontana players, including RB Tyler Allgeier (Kaiser), starting cornerback Chris Wilcox (Eastvale Roosevelt) and defensive tackle Freddy Livai (AB Miller).
Allgeier burst to an 86-yard TD run on the Cougars’ opening series, totaling 137 yards rushing on 14 carries.
Wilcox had two tackles and Livai did not see action.
Assistant head coach Ed Lamb, now in his fifth season at BYU, spent some of his formative years coaching at the University of Redlands.
Boise State’s roster included four area players, two of which saw action against the Cougars.
Safety Tyreque Jones, a redshirt junior from San Gorgonio, made two tackles.
Onetime Redlands East Valley speedster Billy Bowens, a redshirt sophomore who could be seen blocking on a few plays early, didn’t catch a pass from any of the Broncos’ two main QBs.
Brandon Hernandez, a freshman offensive lineman from Yucaipa, did not play. Nor did Cajon’s Rodney Robinson, a freshman safety.
Up next for BYU: North Alabama (Nov. 21, noon PST, ESPN3)
Moi keeps football floating
There is a Moi family member still playing football.
In this case, Jacob Moi is a freshman linebacker from Citrus Valley High School, has seen the field for the University of Texas-El Paso on a few occasions this season.
The Miners’ scheduled game against Florida International University was canceled.
Scheduled to play at University of San Antonio this week, the Miners (3-3) have lost to Texas, Louisiana Tech and Charlotte this season.
Jacob Moi is part of a throng of Moi football-playing family, including Jonah Moi (6-4, 240), who played at Riverside City College and Oregon during his collegiate days.
Jacob Moi racked up nearly 300 tackles during three Varsity seasons wearing a Blackhawks’ uniform.
The Moi family has stepped up on the football field in recent years — Sua, Dylan, Jonah and Jacob — have made plenty of tackles on Redlands football fields over the years.
Dylan Moi, a top-tackling linebacker at REV who graduated in 2012, died in August, the result of a shooting, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials.
Baylor sinks to 1-4
A trip to Ames, Iowa was in store for first-year Baylor University coach Dave Aranda, whose defensive coaching presence at LSU last year helped the Tigers to a national championship.
Aranda is a former Redlands High School player who has embarked on a collegiate coaching career that has included plenty of stops.
Iowa State’s 38-31 win over the Bears, whose defense got three interceptions off Cyclones’ QB Brock Purdy, plus another fumble recovery.