HAMMOND | No lion tamer would dare enter the cage without his whip and chair.
Friday night, Munster took on unbeaten Times No. 3 Morton without star running back Seth Gutwein, who suffered a high ankle sprain the week before against Andrean.
That took 251 yards rushing and four touchdowns out of the Mustangs' lineup -- their whip and chair, if you will.
News bulletin: You can't beat heart and determination.
Dom Lucito scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and Joe Jumonville hit Zack Pickett on a 23-yard scoring pass with 2:45 left in the game as Munster shocked Morton, 14-0.
"We came out with heart and we had the determination to win this game," said cornerback Anthony Conroyd, whose interception of a Nick Przespolewski pass set up the Mustangs' second TD. "There is a lot more to this team than people give us credit for.
"The shutout shows how much we wanted it. We played as a team and shut out their explosive players."
You had the shorthanded Mustangs (3-2) playing on heart and fumes against a Morton squad that had been outscoring opponents 36.0 to 7.5 per game.
"I was really proud of the effort our kids put forth, especially the job done by our defensive coaches," said Munster skipper Leroy Marsh. "We played with an edge and a sense of urgency."
Lucito ran for 63 yards on 15 carries and Jeff Proctor had 14 rushes for 56 yards -- neither with a fumble.
Jumonville completed only two passes, one to Pickett, one to Proctor. Nick Powell dropped a 20-yard TD throw in the endzone that fortunately had no bearing on the outcome.
"(Morton coach) Roy (Richards) thought they had one of the best defenses in the area and we took that challenge," Marsh said.
Starting QB Torey Armstrong threw for 181 yards but couldn't get top receivers Darius Coty (5 catches, 70 yards) or Jarrett Dickey (5 catches, 90 yards) into the end zone for Morton (4-1).
"They did a good job. They're a good team," said a subdued Richards. "We made too many mistakes to jump on people early. That's all there is to it.
"You can't be that way and beat good teams. No one is going to feel sorry for you and take it easy. You've got to bounce back."