HAMMOND | Times No. 3 Morton had its revenge as the Governors topped crosstown and Great Lakes Athletic Conference rival Hammond 45-0 Friday at Krueger Field.
The victory makes up for last season's 28-14 loss to the Wildcats. That game gave Hammond a share of the conference title that Morton wants in Hessville.
"Anybody that beats us in Hammond, next year we're going to make them pay, and that's the way it should be," coach Roy Richards said. "That's how you develop some rivalry, and that's how you get some revenge."
Junior quarterback Torey Armstong had 169 total yards and three scores -- two running and one throwing-- for Morton.
The Governors (4-0) were stuffed on three attempts to punch the ball in from inside the 5-yard line on their first drive. Then Armstrong found Darius Coty on a quick slant for a 1-yard touchdown.
Morton continued to struggle at the goal line in the second quarter, this time turning the ball over. But after stopping the Wildcats twice, Elijah Knight brought down Tim Echoles in the end zone for a safety.
"We broke down. We called the wrong formation. We called the wrong play. We fumbled (at the goal line)," Richards said. "Those things can't happen -- very frustrating for us."
The Govs marched down the field on the next drive. Freddy Creater broke a 17-yard run that included a brutal stiff arm to set up Armstrong's 25-yard touchdown scamper. Creater's conversion run made it 17-0 at the break.
Hammond (1-3) never really got things going offensively. Morton fumbled the ball in the end zone on its first possession of the third quarter, and the Cats recovered only to see Da'Mario Johnson pick off his second pass and run it back 24 yards for a score.
"The kids, they're trying. We're just thin," coach Eric Schreiber said. "I don't have 90 guys on the sidelines. I don't think we're 45 points worse than that team."
Jerome Donald added a score on a 5-yard run with five minutes left on the clock, and Nick Przespolewski found Malik Hatter for a 97-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes remaining. Richards said he was just allowing his junior varsity players to run plays.
"If he feels he's got to do that when we've got 25 kids and we've got 80, to make him feel better, so what," Schreiber said. "We've got to get better. I'm not ever going to judge a guy on what (plays) he calls."