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Football: Morton earns shot to defend ‘belt’

Updated: November 28, 2012 6:12AM



EAST CHICAGO — Morton is still holding onto the belt.

And it appears nothing is going to stop the Governors from going for that four-peat.

They came back from a an eight-point deficit in the second quarter and scored six of the game’s next seven touchdowns to rout East Chicago 50-28 at Pete Rucinski Field on Friday night in a Class 4A Sectional 9 semifinal.

Morton (6-5) will take on Highland (3-8) for the sectional crown next week at the Governors’ Mansion.

The Governors looked unstoppable on the ground against EC, gaining 407 yards total. Kendall Huff and Torey Armstrong each recorded two rushing touchdowns, while Eleazar Henderson had a 39-yard TD run.

But the biggest touchdown might have been the 17-yard TD catch by Huff with four seconds to go before halftime.

It followed a 96-yard kickoff return touchdown by the Cardinals’ Martayveus Carter. Carter finished with two rushing TDs (1, 64), a 65-yard fumble return TD and that special teams score.

“The most important one was the one right before the half,” said Huff, who finished with 104 yards rushing. “That was the most important touchdown of the whole game right there. I saw it tip and I concentrated on it and just brought it in. I had to.

“Being up eight points in any game at halftime is huge. We felt like if we were ahead we could beat them and we did.”

Morton outscored EC 21-0 in the third quarter. It was over from there.

“We’re still wearing the belt. I don’t care what our record is and I don’t care what hurdles or obstacles we’ve had to go through,” Governors coach Roy Richards said. “We’ve had some incredible amounts of adversity and it was a test of our character. We’re still wearing the belt until somebody takes it. This group here is 11-0 in their four years of sectional play.”

The Cardinals (9-2) managed just 10 rushing yards in the first half and 44 through three quarters. Carter broke out for gains of 34 and 64 to finish with a respectable 106 yards for the contest.

Richards said his team’s line play was a huge difference. Four out of his five offensive linemen are returnees from last season.

“We know East Chicago is good but they have not seen the type of running attack that Morton has,” Richards said. “And we just came out and said we were going to run the ball until they couldn’t take it.”

Davion Haywood’s 37-yard fumble return for a touchdown was the biggest play on defense for Morton. His touchdown with 6:47 left in the third quarter took the air out of the Cardinals. Morton scored two more TD’s in the next 3:32 following that play.



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