Logan Stacy eclipses 1,000-yard rushing mark in Morris’ 41-12 victory

Morris senior tailback Logan Stacy (5) heads towards the end zone in the first half of last Friday’s county battle against Okmulgee at historic Harmon Field in Okmulgee. (Larry Owen, Times staff)

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

OKMULGEE - For the first time since 2012, the Morris Eagles recorded a 3-win season in varsity football this past Friday night with a 41-12 win over the Okmulgee Bulldogs at historic Harmon Field.

The Eagles also earned their first district win since 2015, when the Morris squad earned a 30-0 win over the same  Bulldog team in the final game of the 2015 regular season.

In the win, Morris totaled 406 yards on offense - all on the ground. Most of the rushing total was earned by senior tailback Logan Stacy.

Stacy finished with a career-best 332 yards on 31 carries and 4 TDs to put the 5-10, 165-pound, tailback over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the 2017 season. Stacy's previous career-high rushing total was a 247-yard performance against Checotah on September 22 in Morris.

Stacy also added a 78-yard kickoff return to his stellar offensive night.

Stacy eclipsed the 1,000-yard plateau in rushing on his 17th carry of the contest - a 65-yard scamper in the second quarter. The long-distance run put the Morris running back at 1,057 yards on the season and 197 in the game.

Here are the quarter-by-quarter totals for Logan Stacy's career-high rushing performance against Okmulgee.

Logan Stacy

rushing vs Okmulgee

First Quarter: 12 carries, 99 yards, 2 TDs

Second Quarter: 13 carries, 118 yards, 1 TD

Third Quarter: 4 carries, 40 yards, 1 TD

Fourth Quarter: 2 carries, 75 yards, 0 TDs

Total Rushing: 31 carries, 332 yards, 4 TDs

As for Okmulgee, last Friday was the third-straight game that the Okmulgee offense failed to get more than 300 yards, finishing with a total of 277 yards on 49 plays. The Bulldogs were held under 100 yards rushing for the second time this season, finishing with 98 yards on the ground.

The Bulldogs will take this week off to get better prepared for next Thursday's county showdown with the Beggs Golden Demons in Beggs.

The Eagles will return to action this Friday night, looking for their fourth win of the season and second district win of 2017 when they play host to the Bristow Purple Pirates in a 3A-6 contest at Eagle Stadium in Morris. Friday's home contest is set to kick off at 7 p.m. with a special Homecoming Coronation ceremony taking place prior to kickoff at 6:30 p.m.

In last Friday's county battle in Okmulgee, both county squads turned the ball over on their first offensive series. The Bulldogs lost a fumble at the Morris 47 with 10:58 left in the opening quarter, while the Eagles had their promising first offensive series end with an interception at the Okmulgee 1 with 7:04 remaining in the first period.

Okmulgee's second offensive drive of the contest ended with an interception at the Morris 20 with 4:57 left.

The Eagles took advantage of the takeaway, marching 29 yards to paydirt in just five plays - all runs by Stacy. Stacy's final run of the 5-play drive was as 3-yard scamper into the end zone at the 3:45 mark. Brett Beard made good on the PAT kick to give the visitors the early 7-0 lead.

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