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After an emotional victory over Prairie State rival Robeson last week, Morgan Park coach Wesley Yates was hoping his team would not suffer the proverbial big-game let down. Orr tried to pull off the upset, but its effort fell short as the Mustangs prevailed 23-6 Saturday at Orr Stadium.
After limiting Morgan Park to three-and-out on its first possession, Orr (3-3, 2-1) had a 47-yard drive culminate with a two-yard touchdown pass from Jamal McDowell to Brandon Middleton. The 6-0 lead stood until the final seven seconds of the second quarter when Javon Bright caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andre Newell as Morgan Park (4-3, 3-0) grabbed an 8-6 heading into the half.
"Coach was a little upset at halftime and we picked it up," Newell said. "They were a good physical team, but we took it to them in the second half and got control of the game."
Newell tossed his second touchdown pass of the game with 7:17 remaining in the third quarter, a 21-yard strike to Theodore Jones to push the lead to 16-6. After Tim Smith intercepted an Orr pass, Newell closed out the scoring for Morgan Park with a two-yard run with eight seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
"Orr is a very good team, but we did not come prepared to play early in the game," Yates said. "We have to do a better job of not coming out flat and not ready to play. This type of mentality can be disastrous to a football team, but to our credit we did become more focus as the game progressed."
"I love the intensity that we played with,'' Orr coach Anthony Jackson said. ''We had a few tough breaks during the game with players getting nicked up and we have to learn to be more disciplined especially in playing a team like Morgan Park.
''We have to turn this around very quick because we have a short week against another tough opponent Thursday against Robeson."