Posted On: 04/5/21 6:31 AM
It was an all-around team effort as the Morgan Park Mustangs defeated the Kenwood Broncos 20-0 to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Morgan Park drew first blood on their 8-minute opening drive when Aaron Warren connected with Shawn Harris for a 21-yard touchdown reception; the Mustangs took an 8-0 lead after a successful 2-point conversion.
Kenwood would turn it over on downs on their opening drive after Morgan Park’s Ivory Dyson sacked quarterback Lucien Henson in what would become the theme of the day for the Mustang’s defense.
Morgan Park’s ability to pressure the quarterback stalled Kenwood’s offense. Kenwood’s inability to hit the big play and sustain a drive prevented them from generating any real momentum; as a result, the Mustangs would get an opportunity to add to their lead.
With 5:40 left in the 2nd, Aaron Warren would find the endzone on a 7-yard scamper to give him his second score of the day and put the Mustangs up 14-0 heading into the half.
Kenwood received the ball first to open up the second half, but McKinley Dunnigan’s back-to-back sacks ended Kenwood’s drive before it even got started. It would be a defensive battle the rest of the 3rd as both teams were held out of the endzone, leaving the score at 14-0 heading into the 4th.
Kenwood’s offense finally looked like it was picking up some steam at the start of the fourth, but freshman sensation Tysean Griffin had other plans and picked off Lucien Henson to add to an already stellar performance by the Mustang defense. Morgan Park was unable to capitalize off the turnover and gave Kenwood the ball back with about 8:00 minutes remaining in the game. Kenwood had a chance to make things interesting. Until defensive end Amari Mclaurin raced untouched off the edge to put a big hit on quarterback Lucien Henson which led to a fumble and 44-yard scoop-and-score by McKinley Dunigan to put Morgan Park up 20-0 in the 4th quarter.
Cam Fulton would close the door on any chances of a miracle comeback by picking off Lucien Henson and securing Morgan Park’s second win of the season.
Morgan Park’s ability to cover on the outside and win the battle in the trenches gave them the advantage in this matchup. Their defense was flying around and played inspired at the same time. That combination of dominant defensive play along with Aaron Warren efficiently running the offense is a recipe for success and the reason why Morgan Park and their talented young core have a promising future.
The Mustangs look to remain undefeated as they face the Simeon Wolverines (2-0) in week 3.
Tysean Griffin | ATH | ’24
Griffin was lined up with the opposing team’s best receiver, and for a freshman, he did a heckuva job in limiting his opponent’s impact. He’s a special talent. He’s the type of player where you just get him the ball and watch him go. A creative runner. Explosive as a returner. Doesn’t mind being on an island. Arguably the best prospect in Illinois’ C/O ’24.
Ivory Dyson | ATH | ’21
#7 was the anchor of Morgan Park’s d-line that wreaked havoc on the Bronco’s offense. Dyson was all over the field and a big reason why Kenwood’s offense struggled. His ability to impact the game is credited to his versatility.
McKinley Dunigan | DE | ’22
Constant pressure on the quarterback, 2 sacks, 1 FR, 1 TD. Big game for Dunigan, and on display was his tremendous upside.
Aaron Warren | QB | ’22
THE REAL DEAL is the first thing that comes to my mind watching Warren play. He exudes confidence and has the ability to control the pace of a game. He can hurt you with his arm and is even more of a threat when he decides to break the pocket. His frame doesn’t suggest it, but he’s a tough runner who’s difficult to bring down. Simply put, he has the “IT” factor and should be considered a top talent in the C/O ’22.
Cam Fulton | DB | ’21
Fulton’s solid day on defense was capped off with a game-sealing INT.