Sycamore broke open a 17-14 game when running back Riley Hurley scored three second-half touchdowns on runs of 4, 1 and 3 yards to pace the Spartans (6-0, 2-0) to the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference victory over Morris (2-4, 0-2).
The Redskins trailed Sycamore 30-21 with 6:20 to play in the fourth quarter when quarterback Griffin Sobol fumbled. The ball was recovered by Sycamore's Ben Niemann, which set up the Spartans at the Morris 20-yard-line. Hurley carried the ball three straight times before punching in a touchdown from the 3-yard-line to make it 36-21.
Hurley, a senior, rushed for 117 yards on 29 carries and scored three touchdowns. Redskins' junior running back Jake Walker rushed for 236 yards on 18 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 73 and 39 yards. He also intercepted a pass. Sycamore defensive end Josh Hunt returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown.
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Sycamore amassed 21 first downs while Morris finished with 13. The Spartans piled up 350 yards of total offense and the Redskins had 287 yards.
"It was a hard fought victory," Sycamore Coach Joe Ryan said. "Riley did a good job of pounding it in there."
"Walk (Jake Walker) is a really good player for us," Morris Coach Alan Thorson said. "He's a junior and he's made plays for us all year. We've been struggling this year, and he's really been a bright light for us."