Football: Sycamore turns aside Morris 43-21
By Mike Fitzgerald For Sun-Times Media October 5, 2013 12:14AM
Updated: October 5, 2013 5:51PM
Sycamore 43, Morris 21
Sycamore broke open a 17-14 game when running back Riley Hurley scored three second-half touchdowns, on runs of 4, 1 and 3 yards to lift the Spartans (6-0, 2-0) to the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference victory over Morris (2-4, 0-2).
The Redskins trailed 30-21 with 6:20 to play in the fourth quarter, but quarterback Griffin Sobol’s fumble, recovered by Sycamore’s Ben Niemann, set up the Spartans at the Morris 20. Hurley carried the ball three straight times before punching in a touchdown from the 3 to make it 36-21.
Hurley, a senior, rushed for 117 yards on 29 carries and scored three touchdowns. Redskins back Jake Walker rushed for 236 yards on 18 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 73 and 39 yards. He also intercepted a pass. Sycamore defensive end Josh Hunt returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown.
BY THE NUMBERS
Sycamore had 21 first downs to Morris’ 13. The Spartans piled up 350 yards of total offense to the Redskins’ 287.
“It was a hard fought victory. Riley did a good job of pounding it in there.” — Sycamore coach Joe Ryan.
“ ‘Walk’ (Jake Walker) is a really good player for us. He’s a junior and he’s made plays for us all year. We’ve been struggling this year, and he’s really been a bright light for us.” — Morris coach Alan Thorson.