By Joe Flanagan
Boone Central grad Garrett Temme got big – very big – with five years of strength and conditioning, and maturity, in the Morningside College football program. His accomplishments on the football field were even bigger.
Temme (6-6, 280), a senior native of Petersburg, recently helped Morningside win its second consecutive NAIA national championship as the undisputed leader of the Mustangs’ powerful and productive offensive line.
That group of linemen paved the way for Morningside’s offensive averages of 563 total yards and 52.5 points per game during a 14-0 2019 season – both marks ranking first among NAIA Division I schools. The Mustang offense was in top gear again Dec. 21 at Grambling University’s Eddie Robinson Stadium, when Morningside edged Marian University of Indiana 40-38 to win a second straight NAIA championship and Tom Osborne Trophy.
The title game was the culmination of Temme’s illustrious Mustang career. The former Boone Central standout was a four-year offensive line starter at Morningside – the final three at left tackle. During that extended stretch, Temme established the record for the most games started in program history and helped lead the Mustangs to a 52-3 record (one regular-season loss in four years) and two national championships.
Play Earns Praise
When contacted, Morningside Head Coach Steve Ryan had high praise for his valued tackle.
“Garrett has been such a critical part of our football team for so long, it’s hard to imagine the team moving forward without him. He is an incredible person, student and football player,” Ryan said. “Garrett has started for four years, three of them at left tackle, the most important position for protecting the quarterback’s blind side. He has brought great comfort to two quarterbacks who have had amazing careers at Morningside. This past season, Garrett didn’t give up a single sack on our way to going 14-0 and winning our second consecutive national championship.
“You have players who touch the ball and get the headlines, and as a coach you know this only happens because we have a left tackle who is dependable and does his job every day – and does it exceptionally well!
“Garrett was that guy. Garrett was an All-American who helped a lot of other guys become All-Americans. He will be missed.”
Those sentiments were echoed succinctly by Morningside offensive line coach Jay Schlichte.
“A big part of our success this year as an offensive line can be attributed to Garrett’s leadership, on and off the field,” Schlichte noted. “He made the players around him better, and helped me to become a better coach.
“He did a great job of being prepared week in and week out, and not once did I ever have to worry about the match-up on the left side.”
With that type of performance and leadership, accolades and honors are sure to follow.
Temme finished his Morningsdie career as a three-time 1st Team All-Great Plains Athletic Conference selection and added All-American honors in 2019. Temme was one of five Mustangs named to the 2019 Associated Press Little All-America Team announced Dec. 20. He was also selected a member of the American Football Coaches Association 2019 NAIA All-American 2nd Team.
Hard-earned and well-done.
From Cardinal All-District state champion to Mustang All-American national champion, Garrett Temme’s efforts have been rewarded with a football career hard to match.
By Joe Flanagan