BERWYN – Kevion Anderson didn't play football as a freshman, but once he came out for the team as a sophomore, he loved the sport. Anderson worked his way into a starting role last season, is one of the team captains this fall and has received early interest from small college programs. He will spend most of his time on the defensive line, but he will also be a backup on the offensive line and will play some special teams.
Santaromita: How much pressure is there to get to the playoffs?
Anderson: For us captains, I think there is a lot of pressure on us because this is our senior year. After this we’re done. This school hasn’t made playoffs in 30 years so if we make playoffs this year I know it will be amazing. That’s why we’re trying to do our best.
Santaromita: What’s it going to take to get to the playoffs?
Anderson: From what it looked like, I think this summer has been going very good. If we keep doing our best and if we just go [all] out in a game I think we can make playoffs. Everybody needs to stay focused.
Santaromita: Do you like playing both ways?
Anderson: I think it’s good to play both ways because to be on the field as much time as possible will make you a better player. Whatever the team needs I’m down for.
Santaromita: What are the strengths of the team?
Anderson: I think our conditioning. I think our linemen will be the most conditioned of anybody in our conference or anybody we will play.
Santaromita: What would it mean if you got to the playoffs?
Anderson: If we made playoffs I think our school would throw a parade. I’m dead serious. I think we would have a parade if the Morton football team made the playoffs.
Santaromita: How does it feel to be a senior leader?
Anderson: Even as a junior I was still kind of a leader. As a senior knowing that this is your last year being with your boys ... playing with this terrific coaching staff and playing for Morton. It’s hard knowing it’s your last year.
Santaromita: Why didn't you play football as a freshman?
Anderson: Freshman year I was trying to focus on grades, but some of the football players told me to come out. Once I came out sophomore year I really started loving the game. I started doing hard work in the offseason and that’s what’s made me so much better.
Aug. 30 Rich South, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 at Glenbard West, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 Proviso East, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 at Downers Grove South, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 Willowbrook, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4 at Addison Trail, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11 Leyden, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 at Hinsdale South, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25 Oak Park-River Forest, 7:30 p.m.
WEEK 1 MATCHUP
Who: Morton vs. Rich South
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Hoffman Stadium, 2400 Home Ave., Berwyn
2012 records: Morton 3-6, Rich South 3-6
Outlook: If the Mustangs want to end the postseason drought, this game becomes a near must-win. With defending Class 7A champ Glenbard West looming in Week 2, a win would go a long way to avoiding a possible early hole. The Stars averaged just 16.2 points per game last season.