West Morris did not let history repeat itself against Morristown on Friday night.
The Wolfpack dug down deep in overtime, stopping Morristown, and then pulling out a 13-7 win in the opening round of the North 2 Group IV playoffs on Connor Thompson’s one-yard run.
Tied at 7-7 at the end of regulation, the Colonials got the ball first. Beginning at the 25-yard line, quarterback Dallas McCall scampered for five yards. Danny Supple followed with a seven-yard run to move the ball to the 13. Supple gained six yards on the next carry to move the ball to the 7-yard line. But Morristown was not able to go any further as three straight carries by Supple were stopped for no gain twice by Kyle Guldner and then Kevin Hennelly on fourth down, turning the ball over.
“Everybody stayed disciplined,” Hennelly said. “We knew we were going to win with our toughness, and that’s exactly what we did.”
On West Morris’ possession, Thompson started the drive with a 10-yard run. Kevin Sears followed with a 3-yard run. Thompson’s two carries gained 11 yards to move the ball to the 1. On the next play, Thompson took the handoff, bounced off one Morristown lineman, kept his balance, and crossed the goal line standing up to give West Morris the victory.
“It was clogged because they blitzed the linebacker, but I found the open hole, and I was in the end zone,” Thompson said. “We just battled every play, and we came out with the win.”
West Morris appeared to have taken a lead on its first possession of the game on a 66-yard run by Javier Murray, only to have the points taken off the board due to a holding call.
From there, the Morristown defense, led by linebacker Anton Buckner, shut down the Wolfpack for the rest of the quarter. Buckner had two sacks in the game.
On its first possession of the second quarter, West Morris was able to overcome three penalties and the Morristown defense to take the first lead of the evening on a 19-yard pass from Collin Sokolowski to Hennelly.
Hennelly, who had started the drive with a 55-yard run, finished it by catching Sokolowski’s first pass of the evening in the center of the end zone and holding on despite being tackled and driven into the ground by the Morristown secondary. Thomas Stoll added the extra point to give West Morris a 7-0 lead going into halftime
In addition to his touchdown reception, Hennelly finished the first half with 76 yards rushing on 10 carries.
West Morris meanwhile, held Morristown to only 21 yards of offense in the first half. Colonials running back Danny Supple had just 10 yards on eight carries.
Morristown, which had not been able to cross midfield in the first half, did just that on the opening kickoff of the third quarter when Jordan Powell returned the kickoff 45 yards to the West Morris 36. Five consecutive carries by Adrian Tracey gained 17 yards to move the ball to the 19-yard line. On the next play, McCall, who had only thrown two passes in the first half, hooked up with Powell who caught the pass over his shoulder in the corner of the end zone along the West Morris sideline to tie the score at 7-7.
The Wolfpack’s running backs found no room to run in the third quarter, and Sokolowski was under constant pressure from the Colonials blitzing defense led by cornerback Andres Rodriguez. Rodriguez had two sacks in the second half.
Morristown had the chance to take the lead in the fourth quarter, but a 34-yard field goal attempt by Ethan Bolson hit off the left upright.