FOOTBALL -- WEEK 2
After a 34-25 win over Morton Friday night, Dunlap football coach Brett Cazalet was not exactly jumping for joy.
In fact, he looked like a coach who had just lost a hard-fought game, instead of the coach who had just earned his first win as Dunlap’s coach.
“In the first half, our offense was very poor. In the second half, our defense wasn’t very good,” said Cazalet, in his first year with the Eagles after three years at Fieldcrest. “We should have been better than this. That falls on me.”
The game was scoreless at halftime.
On Morton’s first possession of the second half, Dunlap senior Travis Weaver blocked a punt and his teammate, senior Brian Gaines, recovered the ball at the Morton 1-yard line.
“We needed a big play somewhere, and that was a big one,” Cazalet said.
Dunlap junior quarterback Logan Schrader scored on a 1-yard run to give the Eagles a 6-0 lead (the extra point attempt failed).
Dunlap junior Blake Abbott intercepted Morton quarterback Tyler Lundeen on Morton’s next drive, which gave the Eagles good field possession once again.
Schrader hit junior wide receiver Peter Sorenson for a 23-yard touchdown and the 2-point conversion was good, to give Dunlap a 14-0 lead.
The Dunlap defense forced three straight incomplete passes, so Morton punted and the Eagles took over at their 35-yard line.
Schrader hit Sorenson with an over-the-shoulder touch pass for a long gain down to the Morton 15-yard line. A penalty pushed the Dunlap offense back to the 23 yard line. On fourth down and 18, Schrader hit sophomore Nick Mangieri in the back of the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown strike. Abbott’s extra point was good, and Dunlap led, 21-0, with 2:28 left in the third quarter.
Andrew Starkey returned the kickoff 55 yards to give Morton the ball at the Dunlap 42 yard line, and the Potters scored on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 210-7.
Schrader, who was 10-for-21 for 222 yards passing, took the momentum right back when he threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Zarley on the Eagles first play.
“Our receivers played much better tonight,” Cazalet said. “They are running good routes. We still need to work on holding onto some passes, but it was better tonight.”
Morton scored with 9:42 left in the third quarter, and then recovered a fumble on the kickoff to get the ball at the Dunlap 47-yard line.
Lundeen hit Justin Pokorney, who was wide open over the middle, for a 42-yard touchdown pass to make the score, 28-19 with 9:21 left.
Dunlap did not score on its next two possessions and Morton scored with 2:17 left to make it a 28-25 game with 2:17 left.
Dunlap recovered the on side kick and drove down to the Morton 17 yard line on its next three plays. Schrader ran in from 17 yards out with 1:06 to give Dunlap a 34-25 lead (the extra point attempt failed).
The Dunlap defense forced three straight incomplete passes and Morton could not score on its final possession. Mangieri intercepted Lundeen’s final pass as time expired.
The game, which lasted more than three hours, had 25 penalties and several more that were declined.
Dunlap plays at Metamora Friday. Metamora is 1-1 after a 28-7 loss at Washington Friday.
Tevin Hicks ran for 159 yards and quarterback Michael Davis accounted for five touchdowns (three passing and two rushing) as Richwoods beat Galesburg, 34-21, Friday night.
Davis was 5-for-8 with 117 yards passing with two touchdowns to Peter Cunningham and one to Nick Hines. He also ran for 70 yards and two touchdowns.
Richwoods (2-0) plays at Moline Friday. Moline is 0-2 after losses to Geneseo and Algonquin (Jacobs).
IRISH LOSE CLOSE ONE
Peoria Notre Dame lost to IVC, 15-8, Saturday at Peoria Stadium.
Jake Heid scored the only touchdown for the Irish (1-1), who play at Princeton Saturday.
Prinecton is 1-1 after a 39-12 win over Manual.