'You made history': Morton football ends three-decade Mid-Illini drought
DUNLAP — Twenty-nine years. Twenty-nine years.
Morton football coach Tim Brilley repeated those words with emphasis during his post-game speech Friday night after the Potters demolished Dunlap 42-7, documenting what Morton has accomplished this season.
For the first time since 1992 and only the second time in the 40-year history of the Mid-Illini Conference, the Potters are conference champs. Morton tied with Metamora and Washington for the title in 1992. This year, the Potters (7-2, 6-1) share the crown with Washington (7-2, 6-1).
"You made history. Nobody can ever take that away from you," Brilley said to his team after its fourth straight win. "But we're not done."
Culmination of six years
After his post-game speech and being dousing with ice from a bucket by a couple of his players on the chilly night, Brilley put the conference title into perspective. He's now 33-22 in his six years as Morton's coach and gearing up for his team's fourth playoff appearance during his tenure.
"Winning the conference championship is the culmination of the last six years," Brilley said. "I need to thank all the players who played for me before this year's group, and I certainly need to thank our seniors."
One of those seniors is Seth Glatz, who has been terrorizing opposing defenses all season. He did it again Friday, carrying the ball 23 times for 344 yards and five touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 188-pound running back now has 220 carries for 2,005 yards and 29 touchdowns this fall. He's averaging 9.1 yards per carry.
Glatz impressed Dunlap coach Brett Cazalet, who didn't get an up-close-and-personal look at the back this spring because the shortened six-game schedule wiped out the Dunlap-Morton game.
"(Glatz) is obviously incredibly talented. He's fast and tough to tackle," Cazalet said. "But what separates him from other great high school running backs is his great vision.
"Morton doesn't do a lot of different things offensively. On 98% of their plays, either Glatz gets the ball or they fake giving him the ball. Morton is very good at what they do offensively, and that's because of good coaching."
Glatz had a different look under his helmet Friday after getting a haircut Thursday in preparation for the basketball season. What wasn't different was the way Morton's offensive line blocked for him.
"Those guys did what they normally do," Glatz said. "They opened holes for me,."
'Overrated'? Not quite
Glatz quickly quieted the Dunlap student section's chant of "overrated" after his first carry Friday, which went for 5 yards.
Two plays later, Glatz sprinted 74 yards into the end zone. That touchdown ended the Dunlap defense's run of three straight shutouts. And "overrated" was not heard from the home stands again.
Glatz also scored on a 29-yard run in the second quarter on a fourth-and-inches play that followed an interception by Mac Anderson, a 44-yard run and a 40-yard run in the third quarter, and a 54-yard run with 8:01 to go in the fourth quarter.
He took rest of the night off after his fourth-quarter touchdown.
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Morton quarterback Layne Kaufman scored on a 35-yard run in the third quarter. Potters placekicker Jackson Weber was a perfect 6-for-6 on extra points.
Dunlap (5-4, 4-3) scored its lone touchdown on a 33-yard pass from Madyn Burke to Kyle Erickson in the third quarter. Burke was 12-for-20 passing for 136 yards. Brock Card had eight catches for 51 yards.
Dunlap is playoff eligible, and should make the field. Cazalet didn't see too many positives Friday that the Eagles could build on as they head into the postseason.
"We just have to lick our wounds and get ready for practice Monday," he said. "It's a new season, and we're going to start it with an incredibly tough first game."
Dunlap's win over Washington in the second week of the Mid-Illini season prevented the Panthers from running the table in the conference.
Morton's lone Mid-Illini defeat was inflicted by Washington.
Third-place Pekin (7-2, 5-2) lost to Morton and Washington.
Morton handed Pekin and Metamora their first losses of the season. Pekin was 3-0 and Metamora was 5-0 at the time.
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