Morton at Farwell
7:30 p.m. (CDT) today
Records: Morton 6-3, 3-0 District 5-1A. Farwell 5-3, 2-1.
Last meeting: 2007, Morton 34-6
Last week: Morton beat Anton 56-12, Farwell beat Smyer 51-20.
Keys to the game: Morton owns a decide size advantage up front and has a pair of game-breaking runners in Trevor Arther and Loey Enriquez. Farwell coach Mark Anglin said Emerson Cornish is the best QB the Steers have faced this season. “We’re going to have to disguise our defenses and bring pressure of the edge to try and neutralize their strength,” Anglin said.
Of note: Farwell can earn its first playoff berth in three seasons under Anglin by winning one of its remaining two games (The Steers play winless Anton). Morton coach Don Rives was an All-American at Texas Tech and played middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears. Rives and Anglin coached against each other in central Texas when Rives was at Thorndale and Anglin at Bartlett. Morton runs the 46 defense made famous by former Bears defense coordinator Buddy Ryan.
Center of attention: Anglin considers junior center Aaron Watson so valuable he will not play him on defense. Despite the Steers operating out exclusively in a shotgun formation, Watson has only two bad snaps all season. “He’s a scrapper,” Anglin said.
Go figure: Colby Reed only rushed for 17 yards last week for the Steers, but scored four TDs.
Quotable: “This is a big game. Morton is a good football team. We’ve got to go out there and compete. We can’t be intimidated by their size and speed.” — Anglin
— Compiled by Rick White