HAMMOND | Prior to Hobart's game at Morton Friday, coaches and fans were wondering which Brickie team would show up.
It's like the Bears with "Good" Jay or "Bad" Jay Cutler.
Hobart started the season 4-0 but had lost its last three, during which it was torched for 93 points.
The Brickies made it a game against Times No. 7 Morton before falling short, 34-21, as Kenneth Coleman's short touchdown run with 1:52 left to play iced the win.
"I think I can't be stopped. That's the attitude I have," said Coleman, who rushed for 85 yards and three touchdowns. "When I run the ball, I take pride in my team, in my family.
"My team helps me keep my grades up and stay focused. My mom (Annie) keeps me out of trouble."
Morton (7-1) now trails the series with Hobart, 8-7, with its latest win far from pretty.
"I think it's our kids. I think it's our effort," coach Roy Richards said of the Governors' success this season. "In games where we've been behind, our kids find a way to reverse the momentum and turn it back toward us. They just don't want to lose.
"This is our last game, last signature game, to make a statement and feel good about ourselves heading in (to sectionals)."
Morton quarterback Torey Armstrong was his typical thorn in the side, passing for 169 yards and one touchdown and rushing for another 83 yards. He and Jarrett Dickey worked their Cutler-Brandon Marshall routine to perfection, with Dickey catching five passes for 154 yards and a TD. Dickey also had a 67-yard catch to set up a Coleman score.
Hobart (4-4) had some bright spots of its own.
Workhorse Noah Smith had 19 carries for 149 yards and one touchdown. Versatile Drey Devereaux rushed for 88 yards and caught three passes for 55 yards in keeping several drives alive. Nick Bokun had four receptions for 93 yards and a TD.
"We can't beat good teams. Too many mistakes. That's been the story all season," said Hobart coach Ryan Turley. "We have to get to the point where we play four quarters of football.
"We're going to keep fighting. We got a week to get ready for the real season."