One week after watching Geneseo run the ball 43 times in a win against them, the Redskins football team pulled a page out of the Maple Leafs playbook.
“We came in wanting to focus on the run the whole time,” Morris junior lineman T.J. Layne said. “This time out it was more on the run game.”
The Redskins ran the ball 44 times against the Dukes in a 38-21 win, compiling 268 rushing yards in all.
“Our line had a great push [Friday],” Morris junior running back Jake Walker said. “They were nice big and easy targets to go for. It was a matter of seeing them and hitting them.”
Walker led all rushers in the contest, compiling 223 yards in 19 carries.
“At times they would have ten in the box against us but we were ready,” Layne pointed out.
Yet Morris was able to dictate much of the pace of the game throughout the first half in getting a win and improving to 2-2 on the season. In fact, Morris led 21-7 at halftime.
“It was nice to jump out like that. It was the first time we had come out and taken a lead on a team,” Morris offensive coordinator Bill Lauer said. “We made a couple of adjustments coming into this one. Coach Wods [John Wodziak] cut down the splits of the offensive linemen because we knew they were going to shoot backers. We wanted to tighten that down, hoping we could get a good push off the ball and the kids did a good job of that tonight. Moving the ball up and down the field like that was definitely a step in the right direction.”
While there were a few things that Morris coach Alan Thorson thought could be improved, he was happy with the effort of his team Friday night.
“We’re not going to knit-pick a win right now – especially not with two losses. We needed to get back into the win category,” Thorson said. “We’re really happy with the win and happy how the kids came out. They played extremely hard on both sides of the ball. The effort was really good.
“We have to get better each week. We did have some mistakes tonight. Some blown coverages, some missed tackles at times. And offensively our passing game is not where we wanted it to be, either. But we’re going to keep working and try to fix our mistakes.”
“Just getting the win was the most important thing,” Walker said. “That and the way we had to dig in to do it late in the game.”
“It’s one game at a time right now,” Layne said. “A one-game season.”
A one-game season that continues next week at Yorkville.
So how long was Morris ready to celebrate the win over Dixon?
“Just the rest of the [Friday] and [Saturday] we’re going to get right back at it,” Walker said.
“[Friday] and maybe [Saturday] for a little bit, but then it’s time to get right back at it to get ready for Yorkville,” Layne said.