METAMORA – It was a nonconference game that neither hosting Metamora or Morris could really afford to lose. At the same time, an even matchup that was there for both the Redbirds and the Redskins to take.
Seems the two teams scored so fast at the onset that the scoreboard blacked out – literally.
Morris scored on a 71-yard TD run at 8:35 of the first quarter and Jake Reed added the PAT kick, but then 1:18 later, the Redbirds scored on an 88-yard TD run by Nick Holman. Prestin VanMieghem’s PAT kick then tied the score.
The two teams then settled in defensively to coincide with the scoreboard blackout. It lasted through the end of the quarter and into the second before the lights came on again.
Right before the half, Metamora would light up the scoreboard to take a 14-7 lead into the locker room at halftime. That came after an 11-yard pass from quarterback Holman to Drew Beenders and a PAT kick by VanMieghem. The last drive before the half was the most impressive in the game up until that point as it went 11 plays and 74 yards in 3:09.
Morris came back with a nice drive in its second series of the second half with Walker providing the big play in the series. In the Wildcat, Walker bolted 43 yards – which eventually resulted in a 1-yard TD run by Walker. Reed’s PAT kick made it 14-all.
For a while it looked as though the game was destined for overtime. However, the Redskins stopped a Redbirds drive when Walker recovered a fumble deep in Morris’ own territory, then turned that into a 35-yard field goal by Reed with 2:48 remaining.
The Redskins ran mostly Wildcat in the scoring drive that culminated in the field goal. The drive went 10 plays and 77 yards and ate up 5:40 off the clock.
On Metamora’s last drive, the Redbirds drove the length of the field, making it all the way down field. The big play in the drive was a 23-yard pass play to Tim Brennan. Morris rose up, however and stopped the potential tying drive to seal the win.
It is the fourth win by Morris against one loss against Metamora in the history of the rivalry.