MORRISTOWN – The Morristown High School football team needed a late spark to down Mendham on the road Friday night.
After a 21-0 advantage at one point, the Colonials saw themselves behind 29-28 following a ferocious second-half rally from the Minutemen.
“I’m so happy for the boys,” said Morristown head coach John Power. “They did a great job. To Mendham’s credit, they fought back from a large deficit and showed a lot of grit as well. It’s very difficult to win. We had a great first half. We stumbled but the resiliency and the ability to come back from setbacks was fantastic. We faced adversity down 29-28 and the offense was able to drive the football.”
Jason Jones hauled in a 7-yard touchdown pass from Jackson Willette in the first quarter to give Morristown a 7-0 lead. Jack Harris had touchdown receptions of 34 yards and 4 yards as the Colonials led 21-0.
After Mendham got within a touchdown at 21-14 following an 8-yard TD pass and an interception return for a score, Morristown’s Quron Lattimore had a 13-yard TD run to put the Colonials ahead by two scores, 28-14. Mendham then scored 15 unanswered following a two-point conversion that put it ahead 29-28 in the fourth quarter. Willette’s 1-yard TD run with over a minute remaining was the game-winning score for Morristown.
Morristown finished with a 414-298 advantage in total yards. The Colonials were efficient on third downs, going 7-11 for a 64 percent clip. The Colonials were also 3-of-4 on fourth downs.
“We threw the ball well,” Power said. “We ran the ball better than we did the first week. The line did a great job protecting Jackson and the receivers did a great job with their
routes and getting yards after the catch.”
Willette finished 20-for-29 for 275 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. The Colonials will host Chatham (0-3) on Sept. 28.
“Chatham is a very dangerous football team,” Power said. “They have skilled athletes and they play hard. We’re a young football team, and we’re learning how to be successful.
We have to take what we did Friday night and grow from that.”