Morris defense stymies Yorkville
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media September 22, 2012 12:18AM
Updated: September 22, 2012 12:27AM
After defeating its previous two opponents by a combined 93 points, Morris hoped Yorkville — a team coming to town on a three-game winning streak — would be a more formidable test.
But Morris showed it had all the answers, cruising to a 41-17 victory on Friday night in its Northern Illinois Big 12 opener.
After an initial three-and-out, Morris (5-0, 1-0) dominated in the trenches, running for scores on its next three possessions.
Reese Sobol scored on a 30-yard pitch up the right sideline, Collin Grogan added a 21-yard touchdown dash to the left and Jeffrey Perry leaped two yards up the gut to put Morris up 21-10 before the half.
“Our offense is really starting to click,” Morris coach Alan Thorson said. “The running game was there and Zach Cinnamon was really effective when we needed to throw.”
Cinnamon went 6-for-6 for 113 yards. His 7-yard touchdown toss to Danny Friend (3 catches, 60 yards) put the Redskins up 35-10 in the third.
Grogan, playing both ways, had a sack and crushing tackle for a loss as he helped limit Yorkville bruiser Anton Jones to 57 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries.
“We wanted to do the same thing we do every Friday night, stop the run,” Grogan said. “It’s something we want to take away every week. Our (defensive backs) did a good job stopping the pass.”
Yorkville (3-2, 0-1) tallied only 99 yards on the day. Ten of its 17 points came after Morris special team miscues.
Morris muffed a first-quarter punt that lead to a Artan Emini field goal and later botched a snap on a punt at its own 5-yard line that Nathan Scott scored on three plays later.
Jake Hogan picked up the slack for the Redskins special teams unit, opening the second-half with a 79-yard touchdown return.