Arnijae Ponder Continues to Dominate


Morningside quarterback Trent Solsma and wide receiver Connor Niles have been the staples of the Mustangs offense, but running back Arnijae Ponder has snuck underneath the radar this season.

The sophomore running back has tallied 1413 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns this season, but he knows teams should prepare for what he brings to the table. 

“I don’t know if they really key on me or not,, I think they probably should, but with those guys it’s probably good they key on those guys, because those guys are ballers and they do it day in and day out, but I just thank my O-Linemen,” Ponder said.

Head coach Steve Ryan knows what Ponder contributes to the Mustangs.

“I think he’s an outstanding running back and I think people are well aware of him,” Ryan said. “Now Solsma and Niles, you’ve got to take care of the things they can do, but AP catches the ball exceptionally well, he runs the ball exceptionally well, he does the little things on the field as well as any running back I’ve coached and for a young running back, he’s an excellent football player.”

The Mustangs take on St. Francis at noon on Saturday at Olsen Stadium.

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