Circle your calendars for Friday night September 1st

Morris Redskins vs. Joliet Catholic in Morris on Friday night, September 1st.   The rivalry continues.

Since the Cubs have decided to bite the big one already this year, time to start turning my attention towards my team that always has a good season.  It can’t come soon enough.  I need some more little things to brighten my day and give me little flares of happiness.  It is obvious that I’m not going to get the big one.

John Dergo was named the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and WGN channel 9 athlete of the year.  Here is quite a blurb from the article in the Tribune giving him the award:

You absorb the joke that your arms look small, courtesy of teasing teammates, and then head back to the weight room for another hour.

The joke, eventually, is on the competition. John Dergo finished his senior year with 3,010 yards rushing and a state-record 52 touchdowns for the Class 6A champions, establishing Illinois records for career TDs (109), points (748) and points in a season (376).

He then won his second straight state wrestling title at 171 pounds with a 43-0 record, ending his high school career with a 93-match victory streak.”

Hopefully Morris can find a way to beat JCA again without him or Jamie Cumbie on the team.

Here is a quote about last year’s game:

No contrived motivation was necessary for the defining night of his last football campaign: the 366-yard effort in a 28-21 victory over Joliet Catholic in the Class 6A playoffs.

A torturous history against the Hilltoppers was enough, and Dergo brought his teammates to tears the night before with a speech about how much a victory would mean to the town.”

Another victory this fall would mean just as much.

Here is an article from the Joliet paper about the upcoming season:

“Morris High School running back Matt Peterson may have the toughest job in the state this upcoming season.

He has to step into the role vacated by all-state running back John Dergo. You might remember him. He rushed for 3,010 yards and scored 52 touchdowns and 374 points. And, oh, by the way, he also helped lead the Redskins to a 14-0 record and the Class 6A state title, including a 354-yard, 3 touchdown rushing performance against JCA in a 28-21 quarterfinal victory that also included 2 interceptions in the end zone.

So Matt Peterson, are you up to the challenge?

“I got to watch John all last year and how he was such a hard worker and I watched what he did and how hard he worked, and I work just as hard as him now,” Peterson said during the Redskins’ participation in the recent University of St. Francis 7-on-7 Football Passing Jamboree. “I want to follow in his footsteps. I’m going to try to be better than him, actually. We have a little competition going.”

I don’t think he is going to win that competition but I hope to hell that he comes close.

The only thing that I haven’t liked from the articles I’ve read is this quote from Coach Dergo:

“We don’t have to beat everybody by 40 points.”

Yes.  Yes you do.  That is what Morris football is about…not just winning but dominating and destroying the competition.  It is a tradition that I would like to see continue.

So our big rivalry games are as follows this year:

9/1 vs. JCA
9/8 vs. Oswego
10/20 vs. Minooka

All in Morris.  I like that.

That is all for the Morris Football update at this time.







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