Morris, Minooka truly renew football rivalry
MINOOKA – It was Black Friday at Minooka Community High School on the football field.
Black and Orange Friday, anyway.
On the field, and at stake, was bragging rights to the area as the Indians and Morris Redskins football alumni teams met to play one more time for old times sake.
“I think it’s a great idea for the guys who want to do it,” Morris kicker and 2000 graduate David Valdivia said. “[Minooka] has been practicing for this since June and we’ve been practicing for about the last six weeks.”
On the Morris side, Jim Chronister (Class 1989) was the Redskins organizer and the sideline coaches were Brent Pierce and Keith Hiney.
Despite the later start, Pierce said that the enthusiasm has been there for the Morris alumnus.
“We had 13 guys show up to practice on Thanksgiving,” Pierce said. “In all I’d say that we’ve had five full practices.”
The Minooka side was organized by Phil Harding (Class 1999), and the Indians did all of the scoring in the first half. The Indians scored on a 20-yard touchdown run by Minooka quarterback Matt Wherle (Class of 2002). Wes O’Hagen then ran in the two-point conversion at 9:20 of the first half for an 8-0 lead at intermission.
Morris tied the game with about 10 minutes to go in the game on a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ricky Snyder (Class of 2000) to Tyler Condon (Class of 2003) and Jason Spang ran in the two-point conversion.
That’s where the game ended at 8-8 when Valdiva’s 32-yard field goal attempt at the end of the game was blocked.