Wednesday, September 06, 2006


[Fishgrease's kid Jon Morris - Daddy's football hero...(so cute..)] Devils hold on for victory BY STEVE KODAD, HERALD SPORTS EDITOR EVANSTON – Two very potent rushing attacks collided early in the high school football season, slugging it out at Red Devil Stadium last Friday night. Each team ran for over 300 yards. The game was basically decided by point after touchdowns - Evanston’s ability to kick them all, and Morgan, Utah’s inability to run for three yards when it mattered most, caused by a great defensive play by the home team, when it mattered most. The Devils stopped Morgan just short of the end zone on a conversion attempt to save a 35-34 victory for the hosts. EHS had not won a season-opening game since an overtime victory over Star Valley to start the 2000 season. Evanston had lost two consecutive season-openers to Morgan before breaking that string last week. A packed house at the Evanston facility watched the two teams run up and down the field. Morgan had opened the season two weeks earlier with a loss to Roy, Utah. The Trojans were idle the week before visiting Evanston. EHS built a 35-14 lead after a long scoring drive in the third quarter. The Trojans rallied with three touchdowns in the final quarter. Running back Bryton Smith ran 62 yards for a TD to pull Morgan within a point with four minutes remaining. After a timeout, the visitors lined up for the two-point conversion try. Alex Blazzard tried to run around the right side, but EHS linebacker Jon Morris, with help from teammate Jake Spero, stopped Blazzard short. Evanston gained a pair of first downs to run out the clock and preserve the win. Morris, with a smile on his face, said EHS defensive coordinator Bubba O’Neill came to the huddle during the timeout before Morgan’s conversion run. “Bubba came out there and told us in certain words to make the play,” Jon said. “I think it was Jake Spero on the ground. He kinda slowed (Blazzard) down. I just kinda filled, I guess.”

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