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Morton at EC Central football

Morton's Paris Hewlett throws to an open receiver Friday in East Chicago.

EAST CHICAGO — Morton and EC Central traded penalties in a sluggish first half between the top two teams in the Great Lakes Athletic Conference.

The Governors struck first behind a 13-yard touchdown run from junior running back La’Mayne Braswell on the first drive of the game, but it was a rare moment of continuity. Referees littered the field with flags as both squads were called for multiple penalties during and after multiple plays.

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Despite the undisciplined display, Morton still mounted a 28-3 lead. In addition to Braswell, junior wide receiver JoJo Johnson and senior running back Damaris Rias recorded rushing touchdowns in the second quarter, while junior quarterback Paris Hewlett threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Marcus Hardy in the first quarter.

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Lake County Sports Reporter

James Boyd is the Lake County prep sports reporter for The Times. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a proud native of Romeoville, Illinois. Before anything else, his main goal in life is to spread love and light.