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30: U High comes up just short against Chatham Glenwood The Pantagraph - November 5, 2011 - By: Joe Deacon | U-High vs Chatham | FRIDAY OCTOBER 28, 2011 | 11 | Round 2 | STATE PLAY-OFFS | BLOOMINGTON — The University High School football team got almost everything it needed Saturday: A huge game from quarterback Kyle Morris, a crucial defensive stop inside its own 1-yard line and a chance to upset the seventh-ranked team in Class 5A. What the Pioneers didn't get was one extra yard. With U High facing fourth-and-3 from the Chatham Glenwood 13 in the final minute, Nathan Hack stopped Joe Johnson at the 11 on a screen pass to preserve the Titans' 27-20 second-round playoff victory at Illinois Wesleyan's Tucci Stadium. "I'm so proud of the kids; they gave us everything they had. That fourth-down stop on the goal line was big and we had a shot. That's all you can ask for," said U High coach Dusty Burk, whose team ended its season at 8-3. Morris rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns, including a 47-yard dash keyed by Gary Arvik's crushing block on the final play of the third quarter that pulled the Pioneers within a score. Glenwood (10-1) answered by using 13 plays over 6 minutes before Jim Solberg stopped Joey Giovannelli inside the 1 on third-and-goal from the 4. The Titans passed on a potential 10-point lead andArvik, Isaiah Brown and the U High defensive front kept Glenwood's Brandon Montrey from breaking the plane with 5:18 left. | JOEL FELLERS University High's Kyle Morris (11) runs past Chatham Glenwood's Zach Finn (73) during a high school football second-round playoff game Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at Tucci Stadium in Bloomington. | Morris and the Pioneers then marched 87 yards over 14 plays to face fourth down with 1:11 remaining. Morris stepped to his right then threw back to the left where Johnson had blockers ahead of him, but Hack managed to sneak around a block and make the tackle. "I told the coaches before we called the play I was either going to look like a hero or a chump on this one," said Burk, whose team trailed by 14 at intermission before blanking Glenwood in the second half. "We were just a block away from that maybe being a touchdown. "The kids played their hearts out. A lot of teams in the past would've tucked tail after that first half. These kids came out fighting harder than ever." U High fell behind 13-3 in the second quarter as Glenwood quarterback Miles McAdams threw touchdown passes to Daniel Helm and Sean Dowling. Luke Otto's second field goal trimmed the lead to 13-6 before a Jordan Stralow fumble recovery led to Morris' game-tying 22-yard scamper. | ONLY | ONE | YARD SHORT

31: Glenwood closed the half with a 21-yard Giovannelli TD run and a McAdams keeper set up by Dowling's catch over two defenders at the U High 1. "I told them the same thing they already knew: the other team wasn't any better than us," Burk said of his halftime message. "We just had to come out and make plays. They made the plays in the first half and we needed to come out and make plays in the second half. We did, we just needed one or two more." Morris threw for 165 yards on 18-of-28 passing, with Kane Wildermuth catching six passes for 64 yards and Andy Cochran adding 59 yards on four receptions. Johnson netted 69 yards on 14 rushes. "U High's got a really good football team," said Glenwood Coach Dan Rourke, whose team will have a chance to avenge its only loss when it meets Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin in quarterfinals. "Their offensive line is good and they've got that quarterback back there who had a heckuva game today. We're fortunate to come out the winner. I was just very happy to see that tackle. I think the better team won the game today, I really do. I think we scored at the other end and that's neither here nor there but it would've been unfortunate had we lost that ballgame."

32: Way to Go Jake! | Grampa | Gramma | & | AWESOME! | Aunt Suzy

33: Mom | Dad | 2011 | U H S | PRIDE | SPORTSMANSHIP

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