Morley Stanwood football team caps season with 7-3 record, 5th straight playoff berth

Morley Stanwood junior Jason Bialik (24) rushed for over 1,000 yards this season. (Pioneer file photo)

MORLEY — The 2018 season saw the Morley Stanwood football team finish with a 7-3 record and its fifth-straight playoff berth.

While the program accomplished much fell short of its number one goal.

“Even though record-wise, we had a successful season with seven wins and making the playoffs – we fell short on our goal of winning the CSAA Silver Division,” head coach Clark Huntey said.

Highlight wins this season included a 16-14 win over Lakeview that saw foreign exchange student Alvaro Rojas-Penas kick a 38-yard game-winning field goal and a 21-8 win over a Holton team that is playing in the D8 regional final this weekend.

The Mohawks’ defense exceeded expectations this season by holding opposing offenses to an average of 12.1 points per game. Senior Alek Jenson led the team with 72 tackles while juniors Jason Bialik and Jack Doyle tallied 66 tackles, apiece. Bialik added one sack, one interception, and one fumble recovery.

“Going into the season we didn’t know what to expect from our defense,” Huntey said. “We graduated nine of eleven starters the year previous. I felt

our defense played outstanding the entire season and it probably won us a couple games.”

On offense, the Mohawks were in their first year of using the triple option. Bialik led the team in rushing yards with 1,056 on 139 carries and 10 touchdowns.

“We had a two-game stretch in the middle of the season when we had several players out with injuries,” Huntey said. “We had some kids step up and play some good football during those weeks.”

Morley Stanwood loses eight players to graduation, including quarterback Trevor Underhill, top tackler Alek Jenson, and skill position players Callen Dillree and Xavier Raven.

Bialik, Doyle, Logan Griffes, Tucker Cook, Coty Ramirez, and Noah Sanford are expected to return. The roster will be bolstered by a junior varsity program that finished 7-2 (5-0) this season.

“We have a good nucleus of juniors returning next year,” Huntey said. “We will need some sophomores to replace the seniors that are graduating. We can definitely make a run at winning the CSAA Silver division.”

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