YORKVILLE — It was just the third time in the long history of both Morris and Yorkville that the Foxes won a football game over the Redskins — a 14-6 win by the hosts at Campbell Field on Friday night.
While the two teams first played in 1920, the squads have only met 20 other times since then, with the Redskins going 18-3 in that span.
“It was really eye-opening,” Morris junior Mark Lincoln said in the weight room on Monday. “We’re still working really hard. It was a hard loss.”
It was also one that was seemingly self-inflicted.
“We made a lot of mental mistakes,” Morris coach Alan Thorson said, “missed blocking assignments. A bunch of little things here and there that cost us the game.”
Both Thorson and Lincoln said they felt most of the blame fell on the Redskins’ offense.
“I thought the defense played really well,” Thorson said. “Their (the Foxes) two scores came after we gave them a short field. The punt, the muffed punt, and the interception is what led to the two short fields. Other than that, Austin Laurie played a great game, and the defensive line with guys like Mark Lincoln and Andrew Fought, played well. I feel bad for the whole team, but especially the defense. They really put in a good effort.
“Offensively, we saw the same thing in different weeks. Like against Minooka and Geneseo where we couldn’t move the ball. Where we struggled to get first downs. Games where we had missed opportunities.”
Morris ended up with 148 total yards in 38 plays on Friday night.
“We made mistakes. … On film it looked like we did a pretty good job of holding them because they only had a few big plays on us,” Lincoln said. “It would seem like we need to get some offensive production.”
Twice Morris was able to work the ball downfield against Yorkville, including a trip with just 30 seconds left. The one Redskins touchdown and that late desperation drive were run out of the spread.
“We’ve seen what this team can do in the spread. That’s why we wanted to come out with it in the second half,” Thorson said. “Early on, the same pass plays were there, but we were either overthrowing receivers, running wrong routes or he (Sobol) didn’t have time to throw the ball.
“We settled that down at the end, moved the ball and did a good job of it, but we can’t put ourselves in that position on the road against any team. We can’t put ourselves in a spot like that and have to have a touchdown on the final play of the game. We should have scored earlier and we didn’t.”
Morris is now 2-3 on the season with Sycamore coming to town Friday night for homecoming.
“It’s the kids, it’s the coaches, it’s everybody,” Thorson said. “It’s on all of us. It all falls on my shoulders first and then the coaches. You can see it in the kids’ faces that they understand what happened after the game. The kids are trying their hardest. We’re all trying our hardest, it’s just that unfortunate that we are not clicking. Obviously, nobody wants to lose, but things are not going real well for us right now.”