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Anderson a key piece to Morton defense

Morton assistant football coach Ryan Pattinson (right) huddles with some of the Mustangs during a timeout in the Oct. 4 game at Addison Trail.
Morton assistant football coach Ryan Pattinson (right) huddles with some of the Mustangs during a timeout in the Oct. 4 game at Addison Trail.

BERWYN – While his team hasn’t met its own expectations for wins, Kevion Anderson is still enjoying Morton’s football season.

Anderson, a senior being recruited mainly by Division III college programs, is still new to football after picking up the sport as a sophomore. His work ethic has helped him progress into a key starter who is a handful on the defensive line and is one of the team captains.

Morton dropped its fourth straight game on Friday, 28-0, to Leyden. Despite Morton’s 1-6 record, Anderson is still enjoying his time on the field.

“It’s not going our way, but it’s still fun being out there and playing football,” Anderson said.

Anderson, who is also a standout wrestler in the winter, doesn’t have the playing experience of some of his teammates, but his 6-foot, 235-pound frame combined with good athleticism makes him a tough player to deal with in the trenches. After
not playing sports his freshman year, Anderson was convinced to come out for the team by one of his friends sophomore year and he’s proved to be a valuable asset for the team.

Unfortunately for Morton, Anderson said the team’s injuries are the biggest difference between this season and
his past two on the football team.

“This year I think we have more injuries than previous years,” he said. “That’s messing with the team overall.”

Quarterback Emilio Engle is out for the year after injuring his left hand during the Willowbrook game in Week 5. Engle was another of the team’s captains and Anderson said he never saw someone love the game as much as Engle, who unlike Anderson has been playing since he was five years old.

“(Anthony) Stanciu has to now play quarterback and to me I think he was our best wide receiver,” Anderson said. “Now he has to play quarterback and it takes somebody out there from catching the ball.”

The offense has been in turmoil since Engle’s injury and that has made things tougher for the defense. The Mustangs’ defense has kept the team in games for the most part, allowing less than 30 points four times and even holding Addison Trail to 14 points, seven of which came on a defensive touchdown, in a 14-7 loss to the Blazers in Week 6.

“I think our defense is very good,” Anderson said. “I really love it.”

The Mustangs travel to Hinsdale South Friday night and host Oak Park-River Forest to close the season.

Leyden 28, Morton 0

Morton 2013 season averages

• Points scored per game: 13.9
• Points allowed per game: 33.1

Week 8: Morton at Hinsdale South
7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: 2400 Home Ave., Berwyn
Records: Morton 1-6 (1-4 WSG), Hinsdale South (3-4, 3-1 WSG)
Outlook: The Mustangs' offense will need to turn things around after scoring just seven points over the last two games. The Hornets' option attack has scored more than 25 points five times this season, while Morton has put up that many points just once. Hinsdale South needs a win to stay in playoff contention.

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