Jennings rushes for 258 yards carrying Morton to first win of young season

Morton workhorse running back Von Jennings was determined his team would not leave Raymond without a victory this past Friday night. He would rush for 258 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns. Jennings not only carried the football, he put his teammates on his shoulders and carried them to their first victory of the 2018 season.

Morton gained 345 yards of total offense and 342 of those yards were on the ground where Jennings rushed for all but 87 yards and scored three of the Panthers four touchdowns.

This is nothing new for the Panthers’ senior running back who has averaged 23 carries per-game over the first four games of the season, while gaining 577 yards and scored seven TDs.

The Panthers, and Jennings, jumped on the homestanding Rangers from the beginning by scoring 14 points in the first quarter while shutting out Raymond’s offense to take a 14-0 lead heading in to the second quarter. Jennings added another touchdown run before halftime and the Panthers took a 21-0 lead heading into the half.

When the teams took the field for the second half it appeared that both defenses had made halftime adjustments and neither unit allowed points to be put on the board in the third quarter. Morton was still able to move the ball on the ground, but they were not able to capitalize on a couple of opportunities and remained ahead by 21 points as the third quarter came to an end.

While Morton entered the fourth quarter feeling confident, they wanted to add some insurance points to ensure they would leave the “Home of the Rangers” victorious. The Panther defense was pitching a shutout headed in to the final 12-minutes of the game and there was nothing they wanted more, except for maybe the win, than a shutout. As play moved along and the time ran down in the fourth Morton tacked on another touchdown to further extend the lead.

The Panther defense did everything in their power to keep the homestanding Rangers off the scoreboard, but Raymond was able to put together a drive that moved them into position to attempt a field goal which they converted for their only points of the night. Morton went on to celebrate a 28-3 road victory and Jennings celebrated running wild on the Rangers’ defense.

The Panthers will have their work cutout for them this Friday night as the undefeated Winona Tigers come to town. Winona moved to 4-0 on the season by defeating Forest 41-21 this past Friday night. The game versus Winona is set to kickoff this Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at Panther Field.