HESSVILLE | When Morton ran out to the field on Friday for its senior night, it sounded a bit different and much clearer than usual.
That's because the Governors' mansion was the recipient of a brand new sound system, making the effects of their opening tune "Here Comes the Boom" even more deafening and more imposing on the opposition.
The Governor offense was also pretty imposing in Times No. 4 Morton's 58-10 Great Lakes Athletic Conference win over Clark, scoring four times in the last 6:12 of the first quarter.
Clark (0-3, 0-1 GLAC) was moving the ball impressively, going on an 8-play, 60-yard drive, but the visiting Pioneers had to settle for a Roger Cuadra 20-yard field goal.
The Governors (3-0, 1-0) then went to work, as it took them just 1:41 to score on a 5-play, 70-yard drive that was capped by a Torey Armstrong 13-yard run.
"I like what Clark is doing on offense. They had their shots early," Morton coach Roy Richards said. "When you're playing a bigger, faster, and deeper team, the window starts closing and it gets tougher."
After recording a safety with 4:41 left in the first, Morton then scored in just 15 seconds on a Mark Snorton 51-yard TD run.
Snorton added another 10-yard run at the end of the lopsided 23-3 first quarter.
"Mark is an exceptional player," Richards said. "He will be one of the most dominant players around, but right now he's playing behind some other good running backs."
After a 54-yard TD strike from senior QB Armstrong to junior wideout Jarett Dickey, Clark drove down to the 17 on the ensuing drive, but then junior quarterback Justin Martinez made it to the end zone for a score, but he fumbled the ball out of bounds, negating the score.
The Governor defense got into the act with two more scores of their own on a fumble recovery in the end zone from Aguathago Hasty and a 60-yard interception return by Chiqwian Lee.
Clark quarterback Justin Martinez went 6-for-14 for 96 yards, which included a 62-yard touchdown pass to Romeo Woods.
"They have a savvy football team and Roy is a great coach. A lot of what they do we try to emulate," Clark coach Jay Novak said. "The first drive is exactly what we wanted, but we have to finish more drives and we're battling with a lot of first-year players."
"We have 51 kids out for middle school and we're doing things right for the program."