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Morgan Park rallied from a five-point, fourth-quarter deficit to pull out a 32-27 victory over Hubbard Thursday at Gately Stadium.
"This was a gut check win for us," Morgan Park coach Wesley Yates said. "It showed the type of character we have on this team. We started slow but we got things together in the second half.''
A 27-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Malik Anderson to Santino Thomas gave Hubbard a 27-22 lead with 11:21 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Mustangs (5-3, 4-0 Prairie State) cut the lead to 27-24 on a safety when the Greyhounds (2-5, 2-2) elected to take a knee rather than punt into a strong wind. But the success of the strategy was short-lived as Desmond Earles scored on a 14-yard run to cap an eight-play, 47-yard drive with 4:01 remaining. Jareem Fleming's fumble recovery with 3:36 remaining in the game turned the ball back over to Morgan Park, which ran out the clock.
Morgan Park scored earlier in the game on a Jevaughn Morgan fumble recovery in the end zone, a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Andre Newell and a three-yard Earles run.
Anderson was 8-of-14 for 210 yards and touchdowns of 60 and 24 yards to Thomas. Levell Mason scored on an 85-yard run and Darion Henderson scored on a two-yard run for the Greyhounds.
"A call here or a call there make all the difference in a game," Hubbard coach Elton Harris said. "I am proud of my kids' effort."
Bears cornerback and former Hubbard standout Kelvin Hayden was in attendance to cheer on the Greyhounds.