It didn’t take long for the Hall football team to gain momentum Friday.
Mac Resetich broke free for a 43-yard touchdown run on Hall’s seventh play, then the Red Devils recovered a fumble on Morrison’s first offensive play and scored again on a 23-yard run by quarterback Gabe Lucas.
The Red Devils kept the big plays coming all night as they rolled to a 44-20 victory over the Mustangs in a Three Rivers Conference crossover game in Spring Valley.
“That’s huge,” Hall coach Nick Guerrini said about grabbing a 12-point lead in the first 6:34. “That’s been our game plan for every game. We want to get out ahead. We know we have an offense that can score. Unfortunately, the last couple weeks we came out and stepped on our own foot. This was the start we needed that we’ve been anticipating.
“We played like we needed to. This was the game we needed to come out and play our game and run the ball well. We needed our line to step up and they did. This was a good win for us.”
The victory was the Red Devils’ first of the season.
“It feels great,” said Resetich, who scored five touchdowns. “Hopefully, it’s the start of many.”
After the Mustangs cut their deficit to 12-6 on a 5-yard touchdown run by Carson Strating, the Red Devils went back to the big play.
On Hall’s first play of the ensuing drive, Lucas weaved through the defense for a 57-yard run, setting up a 1-yard TD plunge by Caleb Savitch.
Morrison’s next drive ended on a punt, which Resetich fielded and raced 86 yards for a TD — being sprung by a block from John Davis — to put the Red Devils ahead 24-6.
“It really gets us up,” Resetich said about the big plays. It really gets us all excited. It just keeps the momentum going.”
Resetich added an 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter as Hall took a 31-12 halftime lead, took a pitch and sprinted 79 yards for a score with 5:50 left in the third and hauled in a pass for a 49-yard touchdown with 3:03 left in the third as the Red Devils extended their lead to 44-12.
“The kid’s an athlete and they weren’t able to keep up with what he could do,” Guerrini said about Resetich, who finished with 191 offensive yards. “This was a good game for him.”
Strating added a 6-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to set the final score.
Strating finished with 181 yards and 18 touchdowns on 38 carries for the Mustangs (0-4), who play at Sherrard (0-4) in Week 5.
“We did a lot of really good things on offense,” Morrison coach Steve Snider said. “We moved the ball well at times. We made some dumb mistakes at times. Offensively, I couldn’t really be happier. We had a sophomore who carried the ball almost 40 times for 181 yards and some guys who really blocked well for him. Defensively, we talked about it every day in practice and every Friday night so far — it comes down to doing your job individually. It’s something that sticks out in high school football. If you’re not going to do your job and if you try to do somebody else’s job, you’re not going to have a lot of success. Our defense was our Achilles heel tonight.”
The Red Devils finished with 312 yards on 34 carries — 9.2 yards per attempt — and 49 passing yards.
Lucas ran for 99 yards and a TD on four carries and completed 1-of-3 passes for 49 yards and a score.
Hall (1-3) travels to Mendota (3-1) in Week 5.
“This is what we wanted,” Guerrini said. “We have several goals this season and one was the first (win). This is one off the board. We’re going to move from here.”