Sevion Morrison took off as if he were The Flash.
He cut left into the gap, bounced right and shed an arm tackle before veering back to his left with tremendous speed for a 41-yard gain.
That run — the longest of the night for Morrison — came on Edison’s first play of the game.
It was just one example of the senior running back’s ability to turn an ordinary play into something extraordinary, for Morrison went on to finish with 264 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 34 carries while leading Class 5A No. 5 Edison to a 27-6 win over seventh-ranked Claremore at Lantow Field on Friday night.
“Sevion Morrison is a Division I football player, and he proved that tonight,” Zebras coach Jarrett Hurt said. I hope this is the last time we have to play that guy.”
The Zebras held Morrison to 200 yards combined in two meetings last season, but he managed to flip the script this time around.
It took the Nebraska commit, who averaged nearly 7.8 yards per carry, only six carries to reach the century mark and an additional 10 touches to break the 200-yard mark, scoring on runs of 10, 7 and 1 yards in the process.
To put it even more in perspective, Morrison outgained Claremore on his own.
The Zebras struggled most of the night, mustering only 209 yards of offense. A 5-yard touchdown run from Jace Hightower at the third-quarter buzzer extinguished the Eagles’ shutout bid.
A Division I commit in his own right, Hightower tallied 16 carries for 79 yards.
Claremore (1-2) entered the contest averaging 32 points through two games.
The Zebras’ offensive struggles began on the first drive when they went three-and-out despite a 9-yard gain on first down.
Hightower was tackled for a 4-yard loss the next play, and an incomplete pass on third down ended what started as a promising possession.
Three plays later, Edison quarterback Rhazjon Green found Thomas Ivy for a 19-yard touchdown with only 95 seconds expired in the game.
Green completed only three passes, but he was a crucial part of Edison’s 375-yard performance on the ground, rushing for 107 yards on 13 carries.
“We had miscommunications on our first third down,” Hurt said. “That killed that drive, and we had three other drives killed on fourth down. Tip your hat to Edison. They’ve got a great football team, and coach (Tony) Daniels has done a good job getting that thing turned around over there.”
Charlie Murdock and the Zebra offense responded less than a minute later with a 50-yard touchdown strike to senior Dylan Kedzior, but an untimely holding penalty negated the score.
An Ivy interception in the end zone moments later preserved the Eagles’ 7-0 advantage until their next score in the second quarter.
Murdock threw for 152 yards on 16-of-31 passing. Eight of his final nine throws were incompletions.
DeShawn Kinnard led Claremore with five catches for 58 yards. Kedzior snagged six balls for 44 yards, while fellow star senior Quentin Skinner notched 40 yards on two receptions.
In all, Claremore converted only two of nine third downs and one of four fourth downs.
All three of the failed fourth-down conversions came inside Edison territory. One drive flopped at the Eagles’ 16-yard line when the Zebras trailed 21-0 in the third quarter.
“That’s what happens when you’re playing good football teams,” Hurt said. “They want to win, too. Our guys are trying their best to convert on those plays, but when you’re playing good people, it’s a challenge.”
Now reeling after consecutive double-digit defeats, Claremore turns its attention to District 5A-4 play, which begins next week.
The Zebras open on the road against defending district champion Collinsville.
The Cardinals, ranked tenth, are coming off back-to-back wins over Bartlesville (20-17) and Ponca City (21-7) after losing their season opener to Oologah, 13-12.
“We played two 6A teams and one top-five 5A team in our nondistrict schedule, and everything is out in front of us,” Hurt said. “All our goals are out in front of us, and our district play starts next week at Collinsville. We’re looking forward to that.”