YORKVILLE – For the first time since 1962, the Yorkville Foxes have beaten the Morris Redskins on the football field.
Getting one score early and then another late, the Karl Hoinkes-led Foxes pulled off the feat. Both scores came via Yorkville running back Henry Imburgia, the last coming with just 33 seconds left in the game.
“Our kids played really hard tonight,” said Hoinkes, a Hall of Fame coach. “The kids played great.”
With Yorkville leading Morris 7-0 in the third quarter, the Redskins finally found a way into the end zone when Redskins quarterback Griffin Sobol scored from 5 yards out. It capped a 16-play drive in which the locals went 80 yards in 9:09. However, Jake Reed’s PAT kick failed, leaving the score at 7-6.
“We got a score early and we were moving the ball,” Hoinkes said. “Probably got too conservative, but it ended up in our favor.”
Late in the game, Yorkville took advantage of an interception of Sobol to score the deciding points. Collin Jones got the interception at the Morris 30 with 1:51 to go, and that was eventually turned into a 10-yard scoring run by Imburgia. The PAT kick accounted for the eventual final.
“I give the defense a lot of credit, they played sound tonight,” Morris coach Alan Thorson said. “We made way too many mistakes ... and obviously the two big things that stand out are the punt and the extra point.”
All the scoring in the first half was done on Yorkville’s second possession. The Foxes punted on their first possession, then held Morris to three and out and forced a punt. However, A.J.Foster partially blocked a punt attempt by Matt Darlington, and Yorkville took over possession at the Morris 37.
Six plays later, the Foxes were in the end zone.
Imburgia scored on a 2-yard TD run, and Caleb Piszczek added the PAT kick to account for all of the scoring before intermission.
Morris was held to 39 yards rushing in the first quarter, with the longest play from scrimmage being a 15-yard run by Sobol. Sobol also was 3-of-9 passing at the break for 14 yards.
Yorkville, meanwhile, ran 24 plays from scrimmage up until that point, with Imburgia running for 63 yards in 12 carries.
“It’s frustrating but we still have to find a way of getting better,” Thorson said. “We will never give up on these boys and they will never give up. We’re just going to have to go back to work tomorrow.”