HAMMOND — Lowell prepares week after week to battle Lowell's defense.

Prepared to face a squad that has allowed three touchdowns in three games, the Red Devils saw their own equivalent Friday against Morton.

The Governors held Lowell to one first-half touchdown — scored on special teams — and forced four turnovers.

"This is how we feel every day," Lowell coach Keith Kilmer said after his team's 19-0 win. "We play against our own defense, and we know what it's like to grind it out every day."

The Red Devils used second-half touchdowns of 7 and 3 yards by Jordan Jusevitch and Tyler Wildman to turn a 6-0 halftime lead into 19-0.

"Morton gave us a lot of competition," Wildman said. "We had to come out and play the game we can play. We had a hard week of practice, so we know what we're up against."

The two teams combined for seven turnovers and 21 penalties, slowing down the game and forcing both out of an offensive rhythm.

Morton lost starting quarterback Credell Prather on the first play of the game, an interception, and he didn't return. Tirae Spence completed 2-of-10 passes for 33 yards and tossed two interceptions.

Lowell turned the ball over on a pair of fumbles and two interceptions.

"It's frustrating because you take those plays out and we're moving the ball pretty well," Kilmer said. "Instead of being second-and-5, we're looking at first-and-20. Last week, we were able to pass the ball because we wanted to; this week we passed the ball when we had to because of penalties and fumbling it away."

Lowell returned to days of yore, trying to move Jusevitch out of the backfield, and was held to short yardage by the Morton defense. Jusevitch ran 14 times for 30 yards. Quarterback Ethan Igras had a 40-yard run punctuate his 108 yards on nine carries.

Morton was led by Dylan Battle, who rushed eight times for 29 yards. The Govs (1-3) were hampered by 12 penalties that kept them from first downs and totaled 84 yards.

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Hillary has covered prep, pro and college sports -- and even a Dixie Baseball World Series -- for newspapers north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line since 1995.