YORKVILLE – The opening of the Northern Illinois Big 12 East portion of the schedule Friday night was not a pleasant experience for Morris football.
The Redskins (3-2, 0-1) dropped a 14-0 decision to Yorkville, snapping a two-game win streak and marking the third straight season the Foxes have beaten Morris.
“It’s a very disappointing game,” Morris coach Alan Thorson said. “You have to give Yorkville credit. They came out and beat us.
“The frustrating thing on our end is that they didn’t run a single play we didn’t practice a hundred times, and they didn’t do a defense we didn’t practice a hundred times. They just executed better, and you have to give their kids credit, their coaches credit.
“It’s a disappointing loss. We made too many mistakes. Penalties killed us. I don’t think we deserved to win this one.”
Yorkville was coming off a 35-7 loss to Kaneland in Week 4. This is the first shutout of the season for the Foxes.
“The most recent win is the biggest win of the year,” Yorkville coach Dan McGuire said. “We got too complacent after our last win (37-6 at Rochelle in Week 3). Morris was a great win, but we have more to go.
“Of course, we want to shut everyone out, but realistically, we knew they had a great offense with physical running backs. They are just a physical team all the way up and down. They are a good team, so we should be proud of doing that against such a good team.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Yorkville scored its first touchdown with 1:23 remaining in the first half. Quarterback Cameron Van Boekel found Andrew Malinowski with a 6-yard pass after having possession for almost six minutes. Cade Henry’s extra point made it 7-0 at half.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Foxes scored when Van Boekel found Malinowski again with a 29-yard pass and back-to-back Bryce Shewan carries led to Van Boekel throwing a 1-yard touchdown pass to Malinowski for a 14-0 lead with 8:20 left.
Morris hopes to bounce back in Week 6 against DeKalb (4-1, 2-0), which beat Kaneland, 45-28. The Barbs have won four straight.
“We have to get better,” Thorson said. “[DeKalb is] a very good team and they beat us bad last year (42-0), so we need to fix a lot of things. We will. We aren’t giving up on the year, and we are not giving up on the kids.”