'He's special': Morton running back has record-setting playoff opener

Adam Duvall
Journal Star

MORTON — Nothing better than a little playoff football fun in the rain with the fellas.

Life was good for Morton following Friday’s 56-33 win over Highland at Carper Field in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs. In the process, Seth Glatz set a 5A playoff record with seven touchdowns. The senior ran for 417 yards on 31 carries.

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“I had to get business done,” the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder said. “I just had to do what I can to get a win, help our team move on in the playoffs and get closer to a state championship.

Even heavy blowing rain early in the game didn’t slow down Glatz. He ran behind Ian Mutchler, Brayden McMillan, Broc Schmidt, Andrew Hummel and James Sauder for 117 first-half yards and a trio of TDs.

“They were solid,” Glatz said of his offensive line. “We just ran it down their throats the whole night.”

Morton quarterback Seth Glatz heads down the field for his fifth touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 at Dunlap High School. The Potters defeated the Eagles 42-7.

Glatz's night also included back-to-back fourth-quarter totes that went for 64- and 55-yard scores.

“Only 31? That’s good,” Morton coach Tim Brilley said when told Glatz’s rushes. “He’s special. He’s one of the best I’ve ever had. He’s got a really good offensive line in front of him. He knows his teammates are important around him.”

One of Glatz’s teammates, Layne Kaufman, knows exactly how essential his backfield mate is to the Potters (8-2), who travel to Morris (10-0) next Saturday for a 2 p.m. second-round game. The senior quarterback is responsible for feeding the all-state back.

Kaufman appreciates the effort and weekly preparation Glatz puts into his game.

“He's different, man,” Kaufman said. “He’s a beast. He works hard for it. … You know when he gets the ball in his hands, anything can happen.”

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And Kaufman wasn’t too shabby himself.

He ran for 164 yards on 17 carries and started the scoring with a 6-yard TD at the 7:24 mark of the first quarter. His 33 passing yards came off a 3-for-3 night.

“It’s the line play,” Kaufman said after being asked about his rushing ability. “They’re awesome, and it’s Seth, too. That’s something people don’t see from Seth. He runs the ball so good. He’ll carry out his fakes.

“Everybody’ll be keying in on him. That makes lanes open for me. That makes things a lot easier for me.”

Kaufman is well aware of the tough second-round opponent Morton faces in Morris, which was ranked No. 3 in final poll by The Associated Press.

Morton player Layne Kaufman runs the ball as Highland's Gabe Marti grabs him during the playoff game on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. The Potters beat the Bulldogs 56-33.

“It’s nice knowing that we get to come back to practice with my teammates and get after it,” he said. “I love playing football.

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“Whether offense or defense, I love getting on the field. I try to make the most of my opportunity while I still have one.”

Defensively, Morton may have appeared to give up a lot of points — its second most this season — but the Potters were up on the Highland (5-5), 49-19 with 8:17 left in the game. A recovered onside kick and a few long pass plays resulted in the final score.

Bulldogs QB Brent Wuebbels finished with 388 total yards (278 passing, 110 rushing) and two TDs — one passing and a rushing. Travis Porter ran for 139 yards on 22 carries and three TDs.

Wideout Cade Altadonna caught 14 passes for 140 yards.

“They’re very good offensively, obviously,” Brilley said. “They cause a lot of problems.”

Adam Duvall is a Journal Star sports reporter. Email him at aduvall@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamDuvall.