Redbirds soar for M-I victory

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
Metamora’s Zach Rohrbach plows into a Morton defensive player on one of his drives Friday. Rohrbach totaled for 35 yards.

Mid-Illini Conference action opened for the Metamora varsity football team at Carper Field in Morton Friday. The Redbirds were able to pile through the Potters defense and came out on top, 45-6.

The offense connected on various big plays and scoring came from across the roster. Senior Brock Modglin led the Redbirds with two touchdowns and 101 yards rushing on 11 attempts.

“It was a better offensive outing for us without a doubt,” coach Pat Ryan said.

“I think Modglin and (Zach) Rohrbach did a good job and the other running backs did a nice job helping.”

Morton opened with possession and was able to charge down the field on a 14-play drive. Metamora held the Potters on their own 12-yard line and forced a field goal kick that went right of the posts.

“We’ve had to defend inside the 25 several times this year, so at least they’re mature enough to know that just because they’re moving the ball, they don’t have to score,” Ryan said.

Metamora gained its first possession of the game with five minutes left in the first. Still holding onto the ball in the second, it only took one play for the first touchdown of the night. A 33-yard run by Modglin put six points on the board and a pass from quarterback Nick Holman to Ian Sutherland was enough for the two-point conversion.

The Potters were held for four plays and were forced to punt. 

It took Metamora just one play to get its second touchdown in across the goal line. A pass from Holman to Jacob Mitchell for 51 yards and the extra point by Parker Stokes made it a 15-0 game with 10:03 on the clock in the second.

On the Redbird kickoff, Sam Rodeghiero fumbled and Nathan Barlo recovered to get the ball back in Metamora’s hands.

A six-play drive was all Metamora could muster before a turnover on downs at 4-and-9.

The Redbirds forced Morton to punt again with 5:57 on the clock when Brady Fairfield earned a touchdown on a 65-yard punt return.

“Brady had a lot of catches for us. He’s a go-to guy and the nice thing is that it’s not just Brady. Jacob’s capable and Caleb (Brachbill) is too,” Ryan said.

Metamora received the kickoff to start the third quarter and another 11-play drive on 93 yards put in another touchdown.

The Redbirds rushed and passed all the way to Morton’s 4-yard line when Rohrbach got across the goal line and another Stokes field goal was good to make it 29-0.

Morton on its next possession were held on its first two plays when, at third-and-six, Metamora forced a safety. Wellborn and Matt Callear put the pressure on Morton quarterback Jake Starkey to push him back 23-yards into his own endzone.

With the Redbirds back in possession, Modglin put in his second touchdown on a 14-yard rush after a five-play drive to make it 38-0.

The Potters were able to get points on the board after a six-minute drive. Morton’s Jake Vickerman drove the ball in for 3 yards, but the extra point kick went left with 8:42 left in the fourth.

Kyhl Willey was the man with a plan for the last touchdown of the night. He rushed on six plays before a 5-yard run was enough for the points.

Willey rushed for 59 yards and Rohrbach finished with 35.

Holman was 5-for-8 on passing for 86 yards with Mitchell receiving 51 and Fairfield had 34.

“Up front we did a little better. We just have to keep progressing, that’s the main thing. 

We’re still not quite there, we did make some mistakes, but it was a step forward and it was kind of a momentum thing for us,” Ryan said.

“We’ve got the ability of the big play, but we have to be more consistent.”

The Redbirds continue M-I play Friday with a home game against Washington (3-0).