Metamora head coach Pat Ryan believes Morton quarterback Nolan Donald is the ultimate wildcat weapon.
Hard to disagree as the 5-0 Metamora club hosts 4-1 Morton in a big Mid-Illini Conference game Friday.
Donald already has 1,000 total yards after just five games this season. "About 700 of those are rushing," Morton head coach Tim Brilley said. "He's a very talented kid. He's coming along in his passing game, and we have good running backs and offensive linemen around him. We knew what we had in him coming into the season. He's averaging more than 11 yards per carry.
"That's just crazy."
Morton was beaten 55-27 last week by No. 1 Washington, in a game in which Brilley said his team had only seven offensive possessions.
"We battled though, and I'm proud of how our kids played," Brilley said.
Black Out in Blue Division
There will be plenty of black T-shirts in the crowd Friday at Elmwood, as the Trojans celebrate their annual Black Out Night to raise funds for Easter Seals. Prairieland Blue opponent Rushville-Industry is also participating in the fundraiser that helps children with disabilities. The same two families that Elmwood/Brimfield players visited at Peoria’s Easter Seals facility the first week of practice will be on hand for the game.
On the field, the newly ranked Trojans (No. 10 in 3A) will look to go 6-0 and set up a Week 7 showdown at Farmington. Rushville-Industry (3-2, 2-1) has won two in a row and features speedy backs Manny Garcia (563 yards rushing, 7 TDs) and Kreedan Allen (403, 5 TDs).
“We certainly have to contain their speed on the outside,” said Elmwood coach Todd Hollis. “I like how we’re playing now and I like how we’re playing against the run.”
Notre Dame High School hosts Manual on Friday in the fourth annual Shamrock Classic at Dozer Park.
Notre Dame beat Normal West 56-52 in the event's debut in 2015.
Notre Dame was edged by Peoria High 44-36 in 2016, and the Irish beat Richwoods 61-34 last season.
That's an over-under of at least 80 points in every game at Dozer, including two of three that have surpassed 100.
Chiefs entertain Knights in HOI
Another pivotal Heart of Illinois-Large game with playoff implications features Fieldcrest (2-3, 0-2) traveling to Jim McDonald Field to take on Deer Creek-Mackinaw (3-2, 0-2). Both teams will be after their first conference win. Fieldcrest snapped a three-game losing skid with a 61-8 win against the Flanagan co-op last week, while Dee-Mack has alternated wins and losses all season after a 33-20 win at Heyworth in Week 5. The Chiefs gained more than 400 yards and scored more than 30 points for the first time last week, led by Dakota Brush’s 143 yards rushing. Tyler McKay (774 yards passing, 9 TDs) spearheads the Fieldcrest offense. In common opponents, Fieldcrest lost 16-13 in Week 3 at Tremont and Dee-Mack beat the Turks 14-13 in Week 1.