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Film from Geneseo game telling for Morris football

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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(Scott Belt Photo for Shaw)
Morris senior Matt Darlington punts the ball as fullback Matt Feiden looks on at a recent football game for the Redskins,

It’s a long trip to Geneseo from Morris anyway, but Friday after a 42-7 loss to the Maple Leafs, it was an even longer bus ride home for the Redskins that night.

“It wasn’t fun for any of us. A lot of us didn’t talk,” Morris linebacker Austin Laurie said. “We mainly just sat there and didn’t say anything. [The loss] really hit us hard.”

It didn’t get any better the next morning either.

“Saturday morning we got [to practice] at 9 a.m. and stretched and then watched film for about two hours,” Laurie said.

So, did Friday’s 35-point loss look any better on film than on the field?

“No. Not really at all,” Laurie said.

“No,” Morris coach Alan Thorson said. “I mean, they were the better team, and they outplayed us.”

The loss against the Maple Leafs is the biggest margin of defeat by the Redskins since they lost to Kaneland 47-7 in 2010.

“The biggest thing that hurt us, they outplayed us, but we don’t feel that they are 35 points better,” Thorson said. “We made a lot of mistakes as far as turnovers and missed assignments and things like that. That’s the stuff we didn’t see week two. The stuff we thought we overcame. It looks like we kind of regressed a little. But like I said after the game, we’re going to find a way to fix it. We’ll get back to work this week in practice and we’ll get our focus where it needs to be – on Dixon – and play as hard as we can against them at home.”

One of the biggest things Morris is left trying to figure out how Geneseo was able to gain 267 yards in 43 carries while only throwing the ball twice.

“They were a good team.,” Laurie said. “Not too big on size, except for that No. 72 kid. He was bigger. But I think part of trouble is that we underestimated their size. They were fast, they really were. All of their backs are skilled and they know what they are doing.”

The other big thing is finding out how Morris quarterback Griffin Sobol was sacked five times while the offense gained only 120 total yards.

“You know, if you look at the film and break down every pass play that went wrong, on each one it was something different that went wrong,” Thorson said. “There were times when the protection wasn’t there and [Sobol’s] running for his life. Another time he got great protection and we ran a wrong route. There were a lot of things that went wrong that shouldn’t have.

“Griff’s still a young quarterback and we have talked to him about making smarter decisions, but we know that he did some good things out there on Friday night, too. That’s the only positive to take away from it, is that we’re going to learn from it.”

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