Barbs score first, then go cold
MORRIS – The DeKalb football team took its opening possession 65 yards in 10 plays and scored on a 9-yard pass play from Jack Sauter to Jimmy Russell to take an early lead against Morris in the Redskins’ homecoming and senior night game.
“I’ve seen that before from them on film. I know they are 1-5, but DeKalb has athletes and they were ready to play,” Morris coach Alan Thorson said.
In the end, though, it was DeKalb looking up as Morris scored seven times in the half to run away with a 56-27 win.
Morris answered quickly, scoring three plays later on a run by Reese Sobol. Sobol went up the middle for runs of 23, 26 and 21 yards – the last to cap the scoring drive.
On the next play from scrimmage, Mike McNeils intercepted Sauter, and Jeff Perry scored two plays later on a 9-yard touchdown run.
When Morris got the ball back, it marched steadily downfield and scored again. The drive went 65 yards in seven plays and was capped on a 12-yard TD run by Sobol.
Perry then intercepted Sauter on the first play of the Barbs’ next drive and returned it to the end zone from 27 yards out. After a three-and-out series from DeKalb, Perry scored on a 16-yard TD run.
Morris scored again on the first play when it got the ball back. Sobol scored again, this time from 69 yards away.
DeKalb did break the string of Morris touchdowns on its next series. It was an eight-play drive that went 69 yards and was capped on a 1-yard TD plunge by Dre Brown to cut the Morris lead to 42-15 two minutes before halftime.
Morris did manage to score one more time before the intermission on an 8-yard run by fullback Collin Grogan at 1:03. Fernando Del Toro’s seventh PAT kick made it 49-15 and the two teams finally went to the locker room at the break.
Sobol capped his night on a 51-yard TD run to end with 11 carries and 253 yards.
DeKalb finished the scoring with a 16-yard pass from Sauter to Drew Paszotta and a 3-yard scoring run by Tanner Pumfrey in the closing minutes.