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Research has helped me dig up some cool football facts

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 8:27 p.m. CDT

So, I noticed in the last week or so that most of the subjects I have interviewed on the Morris football team are looking kind of scruffy. This coming last week after I used the video camera here at the Herald to do simple audio interviews with various members of the Redskins team for the T-formation story. My tape recorded had just failed me a couple of days earlier, which is why I was using the video camera.

Since I wasn't using the footage for a MDH video, I aimed the microphone up at each of the kids and then played it back in I-Movie to write the comments down. Somewhere about the third interview, I noticed that each of the kids I interviewed had Five-O'Clock Shadow  or even more. Eventually, I realized that it was more than just a coincidence so this week I asked Morris coach Alan Thorson what it was all about.

"Every year the kids do something different. I've been here eight years now and when I first started it was moustaches and then the team went bleach blonde," Thorson said. "This year I don't know if it's because of the hockey lockout or what, but the kids decided to do no shaving and they ended up talking the coaching staff into it, too.

"It's driving me nuts and I know my wife doesn't like it, but we're all superstitious and we're playing good football, so it's worth an itchy face to keep it going."

Considering that Morris scored 65 points last week, I don't think I'd do anything about it either.

The Redskins 65-20 win at home last week against Urbana was one of historic proportions in MCHS lore. Research shows that it is the most points ever scored by the locals in a playoff game, topping a 59-0 win in the 1994 over Westinghouse.

Reese Sobol's 317-yards on the ground is also just the second time that a Morris back has run for over 300 yards in a single game — second only to John Dergo's 2005 game in the playoffs against Joliet Catholic Academy when he had 354 yards in 20 carries.

While I was doing my research on Saturday night after I got home, I found that the 65 points by Morris is not only the most scored by the Redskins in a playoff game, but it is also the 11th highest point total scored by the locals in any game ever.

Here are the highest scoring point totals for Morris, the team it came against and the year it happened according to my research.

1) Morris 122, Spring Valley Hall 0 — 1914

2) Morris 121, Gardner 0 — 1949

3) Morris 77, Westmont 22 — 2002

4) Morris 76, Streator 6 — 1969

5) Morris 74, Mazon 0 — 1948

6) Morris 71, Yorkville 0 — 1920

7) Morris 68, Kaneland 10 — 1987

8) Morris 67, Sycamore 14 — 1992

9) Morris 66, Kaneland 8 — 1992

10) Morris 66, St. Anne 12 — 1967

11) Morris 65, Urbana 20 — 2012

Sadly, no information exists on the game from 1914 as the MDH just reported the score back then, but the 1949 game is well documented. In the 121-0 win, Jim Cryder scored 10 times, Bobby Brayton four times and Jerry McTague three. Through the air, Brayton was 16-of-19 passing for 450 yards and nine TD.

Morris had 487 total yards against Westmont and had a 35-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Against Streator, Leonard Butler had had 10 touchdowns and 64 total points back in 1969. That game, Butler had 284 yards in 38 attempts.

It's all very impressive when you think about it.

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