Kyle Cerven signs

Shenandoah senior Kyle Cerven is seated between his parents, Darin and Mary Kate Cerven, just after signing his Letter of Intent to play football at Morningside. Shenandoah head football coach Ty Ratliff (left) and assistant coach Jon Denton (right) are standing.

Photo courtesy Connie McGinnis, Shenandoah Community Schools

SHENANDOAH – Shenandoah’s quarterback for the past two seasons will continue to play in college.

Kyle Cerven, who broke the school’s season passing touchdowns record last fall, signed to play with Morningside football, Monday, Feb. 24.

Cerven passed for 913 yards and 11 touchdowns last season for the Mustangs and will join the two-time national champions as a quarterback this fall.

“Their head coach contacted me and set up a visit,” said Cerven, “and he walked me around. I was excited he even contacted me in the first place. He said he would really like to coach me and I was excited to hear that.”

Steve Ryan just completed his 19th season as head coach at the Sioux City based school. The Mustangs have qualified for the NAIA Championship Series each of the last 16 seasons.

Cerven said he was focused on the possibility of playing college basketball until last fall.

“Throughout the football season I thought this is something I may want to do in college,” said Cerven. “Then I had some coaches contact me and thought I could actually do this.”

Cerven said what Morningside offered academically made it a perfect fit.

“I like their ag program,” said Cerven. “I met all the professors and thought they were really nice.”

Cerven expects to major in an ag business or ag sciences field.

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