Redbirds fall to Morris, 12-8

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers

The Metamora varsity football team were the first to put points on the board at Morris Friday, but weren’t the last, which resulted in a 12-8 road loss.

(Morris is) pretty good. They’re front seven are pretty heavy,” coach Pat Ryan said.

“The field was a mud track and I think that affected our offense a little bit.”

The Redbirds and Redskins were scoreless throughout the first quarter, but a gutsy 19-yard pass on 4-and-9 by senior quarterback Nick Holman to senior Jacob Mitchell was enough for the first touchdown.

For the two-point conversion, Zach Rohrbach was able to rush past the Morris defense for an 8-0 lead.

Morris countered the touchdown after a 52-yard kickoff return put the Redskins on Metamora’s 27-yard line to set up the scoring run.

Redskin’s quarterback Griffin Sobol held onto the ball and rushed for a 28-yard touchdown. A two-point conversion pass was incomplete, giving the Redbirds an 8-6 lead heading into the second half.

In the fourth with 4:04 left on the clock, Sobol was able to slip past the Redbird defense again for a 30-yard run touchdown. The Redskins went for the two points again, but failed on the pass.

Metamora was able to get within Morris’ 10-yard line in the last minutes, but couldn’t 

execute for the win.

“At the end of the game we rallied nice and we got inside the 10 but we didn’t get it in,” Ryan said.

“I felt like it was a game we could of won but we didn’t move the ball very well in the second half.”

Brennan lead the Redbirds in rushing with 73 yards on 17 plays. Holman was 8-for-16 passing with 131 yards. Senior Brady Fairfield had five receptions for 106 yards.

“All is not lost, we were certainly disappointed because it was a game that we should have won. We know now what we have to get better at,” Ryan said.

“It’s one of those things, when you lose and able to learn from it that’s OK.” 

The Redbirds will enter Mid-Illini Conference action Friday at Morton.

The Redbirds were defeated by the Potters last season at home.