Jim Ellis

Special to the Grove Sun

Jim Ellis

Special to the Grove Sun

MORRISON — Scoring on its first six drives, 10th-ranked Morrison rolled to a 47-12 victory over Fairland in a first-round Class A football playoff game here Friday night.

“They had everything going for them and the weather helped them to where they didn’t need help,” Fairland head coach Jimmy Dushane said. “It was a ground game-type thing. Element wise, we couldn’t get our passing game going early. It was a downhill slide from there.”

Quarterback Jon Henry completed six of his 14 passes for 113 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but 87 of the yards came in the fourth quarter.

“We knew it would be a difficult task, but we felt if we could get our passing game going early, we had a chance,” Dushane said. “They had good schemes to cover it. They used the weather and wind to their advantage. They made us get to the point where we had to try to run on them. We couldn’t do that. We were without two starting linemen. The young men who came in did the best job they could do.”

The Wildcats (8-3) ran the ball on 14 of their first 16 plays while scoring four times.

“With the conditions being the way they were, we worked hard this week lining up and running the football,” Morrison head coach Cory Bales told the Stillwater NewsPress. “I’ve got to give a lot of the credit to the offensive line.”

Morrison opened the game with five-play, 69-yard drive that was capped by a four-yard carry by running back Jacob Walls.

Klancy Foote’s ensuing kickoff was squibbed straight up in the air — with Walls recovering.

Two plays later, quarterback Spencer Venus faked a handoff to Dylan Quinata and kept it, racing 40 yards for a touchdown.

The Wildcats ran the same play three plays after forcing a Fairland punt. This time, Venus broke loose on a 57-yard TD run.

Quinata capped Morrison’s next two drives with TD runs of 7 and 5 yards.

Bradley Pittman, a sophomore running back, added an 18-yard run with 7:28 until intermission, ballooning the Cats’ lead to 41-0.

The Owls (5-5) got on the board in the third quarter when Henry teamed with Jordan Alexander on a 23-yard pass.

The teams swapped six-yard touchdown runs in the third quarter, Scott Van Dorn scoring for Morrison and Anderson getting the TD for Fairland.

“You could tell they were well prepared,” Dushane said. “They were in playoff mode. It’s time to turn it up. They did. We had people there, we just didn’t make plays.”

Morrison finished with 340 yards rushing, with nine different backs touching the ball. Quinata paced the Wildcats with 97 yards. He also had one catch for 15 yards.

Drosche had five receptions for 129 yards for the Owls.

Morrison travels to Wayne (8-3) on Friday for second-round play.