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Morrison 56, Cambridge 8 in Playoff Game

football50ydMorrison High School Activities Director Gregg Dolan reported the scores from the Round 1 Playoff game held Saturday, November 2, 2019, at Morrison High School, 643 Genesee Avenue, Morrison, IL.  Morrison scored 56; Cambridge scored 8 points.  Click here for the stats.

The Class 1A Round 2 Playoff game between Morrison and Kirkland-Hiawatha will be held on Saturday, November 9, with a 1:00 p.m. kickoff at Morrison High School.

Comets Destroy Mustangs

Written by Jerry Lindsey

The week of anticipation and comparing the undefeated teams from Morrison
and Sterling Newman came to a very disappointing end, as the #1 ranked
Newman Comets wasted no time in showing why they are ranked as the best
team among the Class 2A schools in the state by defeating the Morrison
Mustangs 54-0.

The opening possession belonged to Morrison on their own 40-yard line when
the snap went over quarterback Reilly Dolan’s head and landed on the
26-yard line. Two attempts to recover ended with a Luke Wilkens punt and
the Comets owning the ball at midfield. The Comets own a reputation of
grinding the ball up the middle until the opponent weakens and that game
plan was no different on this night. On the third snap Easton Bianchi
quick-stepped through Mustang tacklers and squirted 44 yards for a Comet
score. A Brycen Bartel extra point kick cleared the crossbar and quickly
the Comets were up 7-0. Aaron Deter returned the following kickoff to the
32-yard line and the Mustangs were eager to try the Comet defense again.
Two snaps later Bianchi fell on a Mustang fumble on the Morrison 34-yard
line and the next play Landon Vassey connected with Bianchi in the right
flat and he easily sprinted into the end zone to up the score to 14-0.

Another high snap handicapped the Mustang on their next possession and
Wilkens punted from the Mustang 15-yard line after three plays netted a -15
yards. Bianchi received the punt at midfield and returned it to the Mustang
25-yard line. Two snaps later Cade Gorzny scampered up the middle for a
24-yard touchdown, and Bartel successfully made the score 21-0 with the
clock reading 5:46 remaining in the opening quarter. A seven play series
followed and the Mustang could only generate one yard even though they were
awarded a first down by a Comet penalty. Following a Mustang punt, Newman
fumbled and Ben Brackemeyer recovered it on their own 32-yard line with
hopes of initiating a successful drive as the quarter ended.

The second quarter opened with another Wilkens punt that went to a waiting
Bianchi at the 38-yard line, and he again left tacklers in his wake enroute
to a 62-yard touchdown return and the Bartel extra point expanded the score
to 28-0 with the dazed Mustang showed little sign of recovery. Another three
and out for the Mustangs gave the Comets a first down on their own 25-yard
line and on the first snap junior Luke Olson rammed up the middle for a
42-yard gain. That surge set up the next Comet score five plays late when
he carried over from the 5-yard line and a 34-0 score caused many of the
earlier excited Morrison fans to look for their keys.

The half ended four minutes later with the offensive stats telling the
entire story as the Comets recorded over 300 yards and the Mustangs
recorded a -40 yards on the ground.

The second half started without any question of the final outcome and the
Mustang were unable to find the offense that had earned them a 3-0 record.
With two possessions in the quarter they gained a total of one yard and the
the Comets expanded the score with a 2-yard score by Olson and a 43-yarder
by Gorzny, and the third quarter ended with the continuous clock running and
a score of 47-0.

Newman reserves played the final quarter and added a touchdown with a
3-yard run by Dylan Schmall and the painful evening ended for the Mustangs
with the Comets owning a 54-0 victory.

Easton Bianchi ended the evening with 94 rushing yards plus a 62-yard punt
return to key the Comet offense, but the Comet defense can’t be ignored as
they held the Morrison Mustang offense to a total yardage of -11.

The Mustangs have a week to regroup and prepare for a Homecoming contest
against the Fulton Steamers in the annual Wooden Shoe game next Friday
night at E.M Bud Cole field.

Young Stangs Move to 4-0

 By Jerry Lindsey

The undefeated Morrison fresh-soph football team was scheduled to be the
opening act for the showdown between the undefeated varsity teams from
Newman and Morrison, but they turned out to be the main feature as they
dealt the undefeated visitors from Newman a 16-6 loss.

Both teams brought in a game plan that stayed on the ground as the three
incomplete passes by the visitors were the only passes thrown all evening,
and the Mustangs out rushed the Comets with a 262 yards to 153 yards
advantage.

The opening quarter started with the Comets grinding out a twelve play
drive that ended with an Eric Jackson fumble recovery on the Morrison
30-yard line with 3:50 remaining in the quarter. Following the recovery,
quarterback Nate Helms guided the Morrison offense by handing off to five
different backs as the quarter ended with the ball sitting on the Newman
40-yard line.

The first play of the second quarter saw Keegan Anderson skirt right end
and stopping in the end zone to open the scoring. John Winkleman added the
two-point conversion and the Mustangs were up 8-0 with only 15 seconds
elapsed in the second quarter. Newman’s ensuing drive lasted eight plays
when an incomplete fourth and five pass turned the ball over on downs at
the Morrison 35-yard line. Morrison’s next drive featured a 12-yard run by
Nick Allen and a 10-yard gain by Helms, but it ended on the Newman 30-yard
line on a failed fourth and two when Winkleman was stopped one yard short.
The Comets ran out the last 1:22 of the first half and the half closed with
a the Morrison fresh-soph holding an 8-0 lead.

The Mustang’s opening possession of the second half featured a 14- yard run
by Nathan Mickley and a 12-yarder by Anderson before Helms punted at the
6:31 mark. The Comet offense slugged out a twelve drive possession that
ended with a fourth down punt from their 41-yard line that rolled down to
the 7-yard line where Anderson picked it up and headed east. Featuring two
skilled cuts, he eluded the Comet attackers and skirted the left sideline
for a 93-yard touchdown, but unfortunately it was called back due to a
penalty for blocking in the back and the ball was placed on the Newman
15-yard line. Two quarter ending plays gained zero yardage and the ball was
moved to the other end of the field to start the fourth quarter with the
score remaining at 8-0.

The final period started with Helms being thrown for a 4-yard loss and the
Mustangs were forced to punt. Newman obtained possession on the Morrison
38-yard line and methodically marched the ball into the end zone seven
plays later, setting up the tying extra point attempt that the Mustangs
stopped one-yard short and held a slim lead at 8-6 with 6:12 remaining.

Morrison started their next possession on their own 30-yard line and moved
it to the 44-yard line when Anderson skirted end again for a 56-yard
touchdown that was capped with a Mickley two-point conversion, and the
Morrison fans were able to relax a little more with a ten point lead and
only 4:24 left in the game. Time wasn’t going to allow the time consuming
ground game to be effective so the Comets were unsuccessful on two pass
attempts before Nathan Mickley sacked quarterback Nate Ahlers for a 15-yard
loss, and the Comets were forced to punt with 3:25 on the clock. Morrison
ground out two first downs with the aid of a Winkleman 13-yard run, and the
clock expired with a well fought victory for the young Mustangs 16-6.

Anderson led all rushers with 129 yards followed by Mickley with 45 and
Allen and Smith each with 36 yards.

The fresh-soph will attempt to improve on the 4-0 record next week against
the Fulton Steamers in a Homecoming kickoff contest starting at 5:30 p.m.

Ponies Nose Past Kewanee in Opener

This article was submitted by Bill Popkin.

FootballGoalThe aroma of fresh-cooked hot dogs was in the air last Friday evening, August 26, 2016, in Kewanee, IL. The Morrison frosh-soph football team took to the field to open their season against their rivals to the south. A nice crowd was on hand, and the Ponies did not disappoint. They led throughout the contest.

Morrison was ahead at the half 6-2, and their  defense was up to the task, winning in the end by the final score of 12-10. Riley Wilkens was the top rusher for Morrison with 107 yards on 19 carries from his fullback position.

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