WOODSTOCK – The Morris football team did not need a lot of plays to score a lot of points Friday night in a 56-12 thumping of Woodstock North in the Kishwaukee River/Interstate 8 White opener for both teams.
Morris (3-0, 1-0) got a stellar night out of quarterback Zach Romak. Romak ran nine times for 77 yards and three touchdowns. His TDs covered 1, 7 and 36 yards. He also was 6 of 8 through the air for 103 yards and a touchdown, a 21-yard strike to Henry Hansen, who caught two passes for 35 yards.
Nico Howard scored on a 21-yard run for Morris, while Sam Reddinger and Jorge Loza each scored on the ground from five yards out. Myles Johnston added an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
The Morris defense was equally outstanding, as Luke Brown led with 13 tackles. Loza and Ryan Wolenczuk each had 10 tackles, while A.J. Zweeres had eight and Ashton Yard seven. Jonah Williams had six tackles, including a sack, while Zweeres and Ryan Fischer each recovered a fumble. Hansen also was 8 for 8 on extra points.
“This was as efficient as I have ever seen our offense,” Morris coach Alan Thorson said. “We didn’t have any punts, and the only time we didn’t score was when we got the ball back with 27 seconds left in the first half. Henry Hansen made a great catch on his touchdown, and the defense was very good again. These kids are getting more and more confidence each week.”