Morgan Park runs over Raby in Public League semifinal
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media November 8, 2012 10:22PM
Updated: December 10, 2012 6:22AM
It took 15 minutes for Morgan Park to put its ground attack in motion Thursday. Once it did, the Mustangs never looked back.
Charles Bournes ran for 125 yards and a touchdown as Morgan Park defeated Raby 34-14 at Gately Stadium in a Public League semifinal. Morgan Park (7-3) will meet Simeon, a 20-6 winner over Harper. Simeon is 9-2.
Bournes’ first five carries totaled zero yards, but the junior rallied his offensive lineman and ripped off four runs of 18-plus yards over his final 12 totes. He scored the first touchdown of the game five minutes into the second quarter on a 2-yard scamper after runs of 23, five and 18 yards.
“I kept talking to my offensive lineman,” Bournes said. “I told them to chip different men and get the right blocks, and that’s how holes started opening up for me.”
Bournes added a pair of 2-point conversions, and his 25-yard punt return into Raby territory established the Mustangs’ second score of the game, a 1-yard keeper by quarterback Andre Newell, for a 14-6 lead.
Newell completed just 2-of-6 passes on the night, but both connections went to Javon Bright for scores. Bright scored a on 25-yard strike in the third quarter and added a 12-yard reception in the fourth.
“This win gives us a lot of confidence going into the next week,” Bournes said. “I definitely believe we can win a city championship.”
For Raby (7-4), highly touted quarterback Chris Covington ran for 133 yards on 19 carries. Covington was 7-of-23 passing for 88 yards and a touchdown, but tossed three interceptions, two of which came in the red zone. His 13-yard TD toss to Terry McDonald (3 receptions, 55 yards) came late in the fourth quarter.