Mineral Wells Index
By TOMMY WELLS Special to the Index
HICO – Logan Morris’ older brother may well be the all-time leading rusher in six-man football history, but you probably couldn’t get the Strawn Greyhounds to say he is the better of the two Ira High School backs.
Especially not after Saturday.
Morris rushed for a career-high 337 yards and six touchdowns on Saturday and powered the Ira Bulldogs to a stunning 62-16 win over Strawn at the 2013 Hico Super Saturday kickoff gala.
The contest was one of four games played at the annual high school football showcase.
Ira, which entered the season ranked No. 7 in the Division II preseason rankings, didn’t waste any time in getting its offense untracked.
Ira took the opening kick marched 49 yards in four plays to grab a quick 8-0 lead just 1:49 into the contest.
Morris delivered the big blow in the drive, reeling off a 35-yard scoring run.
The Greyhounds exhibited a potent offense of its own on their ensuing possession.
Strawn knotted the score at 8-8 by marching 50 yards in seven plays, the final six coming on a pass from Harrison Nowak to junior end Nic Miller.
Jacob Jaramillo added the PAT try and tied the score with 5:12 left in the opening frame.
Morris didn’t let the game stay tied long.
On the first play from scrimmage on Ira’s next series, the IHS junior took a pitch around the right side and scampered 44 yards for his second touchdown.
Xaiver Olivo took some of the steam out of Ira’s celebrations, however.
The SHS junior blocked the Bulldogs extra-point attempt, leaving Ira holding a 14-8 cushion.
Nowak made sure Ira didn’t enjoy the upper hand too long.
The junior quarterback put together a quick 5-play, 50-yard drive on the Greyhounds’ following series.
Nowak opened the SHS drive with a pair of short passes to Jacob Trujillo, Ross Alison and Abram Jaramillo that moved the ball to the Ira 29.
Nowak then took the ball into his own hands to finish the drive, scrambling 29 yards for a touchdown that handed Strawn its only lead, at 16-14, with 3:06 left in the first quarter.
Unfortunately for the Greyhounds, the good feelings didn’t last.
Ira took advantage of a pair of Strawn turnovers and reeled off 18 unanswered points in a span of just over two minutes.
Ira’s Jared Cotton ignited the Bulldogs’ first-quarter barrage.
He capped the Bulldogs’ third possession by plowing into the end zone from 2 yards out.
Moments later, Ira scooped up a fumble at its own 36.
One play later, Tyler Goodwin launched a 44-yard scoring strike to Chase Baker for a 26-16 lead with 54 seconds left.
They converted an interception into a touchdown later in the period and took a stunning 32-16 lead into the start of the second quarter.
Ira, which amassed 500 total yards in the contest, blew the game open in the second.
The Bulldogs posted a 22-0 run in the frame and raced into the half holding a 54-12 advantage.
The Bulldogs recorded a safety later in the third, and then watched on as Morris broke free on a 21-yard run moments later to close out the contest via the six-man football 45-point mercy rule.