MORRIS – With the 2005 Class 6A state title team in attendance, this year’s edition of the Morris football team showed strength of its own Saturday night.
The Redskins scored on four of their first five possessions en route to a 26-7 lead early in the third quarter, with Nathan Guth and Michael Feeney taking center stage, along with a stingy Morris defense. Morris went on to claim a 38-21 victory.
Morris forced Sterling, which entered with a 3-0 record and ranked No. 8 in the state in Class 5A, to punt on the game’s opening possession and took over on its own 25. On 3rd-and-10, Guth hit Cole Puckett with a 17-yard gain for a first down. Keagan Sobol rumbled for 28 yards on the next play before Feeney went 30 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead with 9:08 to play in the first.
Sterling answered with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Sterling Thornton to Reid Blackburn to tie the game. On Morris’ next possession, Guth and Puckett connected for another 17-yard gain, this time on 3rd-and-12. That led to a 29-yard touchdown pass from Guth to Jake Webb and a 14-7 lead after the first play of the second quarter.
Morris held Sterling on 4th-and-2, then Michael Gerischer started the ensuing drive with a 22-yard burst. On 3rd-and-7, Ricky DelFavero ran for 22 yards, setting up a 5-yard touchdown pass from Guth to Sobol and a 20-7 lead that Morris took into halftime.
The Redskins got the kickoff to start the second half and drove the field. On 4th-and-4, Guth hit Delaney Stutzki for a nine-yard gain to the Sterling 26. Guth then ran for five yards and ran again for 10 before fumbling. The ball went right to Feeney, who was trailing Guth, and he picked it up and ran the remaining 11 yards for a touchdown and a 26-7 lead.
Sterling rallied, getting touchdown runs of five and 20 yards from Thornton, to pull to within 26-21 at the end of the third quarter.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Sobol sacked Thornton, causing the ball to come loose. Morris’ Payton Bruyn scooped up the fumble and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown to give the Redskins a 32-21 lead.
Guth added a late 25-yard touchdown run.