Quarterback Britton Morris continued to showcase his talent Saturday, and North Boone continued to roll.

Quarterback Britton Morris continued to showcase his talent Saturday, and North Boone continued to roll.

And this time, it got the Vikings their first playoff victory in 15 years.

“Wow. This has been such a crazy and fun ride,” Morris said after he sparked Saturday’s win with his arm and his legs. “We came in with the now-or-never attitude, and we really took it to them.”

Winning their fifth game in a row, and third in dominant fashion, the Vikings soared into the second round of the Class 3A state playoffs with a 48-7 win over the Mid-County Cougars. Morris completed 20 of 25 passes for 383 yards and four touchdowns, and he also had 60 yards on the ground with a pair of TDs. 

Wide receiver Ethan Rydell had 12 catches for 183 yards and three touchdowns, and he helped the Vikings overpower the Cougars.

“We came in with just the right amount of confidence, but we weren’t cocky. We’ve got even more confidence now,” said Rydell.

Cooper Baden took the opening kickoff 74 yards for a TD, and the Vikings never looked back. Morris jogged in for a 4-yard TD run, and then hit Rydell for a 71-yard TD pass.

“I think we stunned them a little bit in the beginning,” said offensive and defensive lineman Dillon Meier. “We got momentum, and we could see it in their eyes — we had them.”

He helped build a wall that kept Morris from getting sacked the entire game, and led a charge on defense that held Mid-County to 48 total yards in the first half, not counting a 73-yard TD run by Cougar quarterback Jacob Varner.

The Vikings  rebounded from Varner’s long TD run with two quick second-half scores — a Morris TD pass and run — to make it a blowout. Morris hit Hoffman with a 13-yard TD toss late in the game to round out the scoring.

North Boone (8-2) will head to Lisle (9-1) next week for a second-round playoff game, while the Cougars check out at 6-4 on the season.


LTC results

Undefeated conference champion and state-ranked Princeville is the lone LTC team remaining in the postseason.

The Princes handled Polo 35-7 in the opening round of the Class 1A playoffs. Princeville’s second round destination is Aurora Christian — who held off LTC representative Annawan-Wethersfield 26-20 in its playoff opener. The Princes and AC kick off at 4 p.m.  

Mercer County fell to Illini West in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs, 50-26.