MORRISON - Brandon Evans' body language told a tale of pain Saturday.
With 14 touchdowns and 1,000-plus yards rushing coming in, Evans had made Deer Creek-Mackinaw football opponents suffer for nine weeks, and was a principal reason behind the Chiefs' amassing nearly 30 points per game in the regular season.
But some time during the Chiefs' visit to No. 1-ranked Morrison, Evans was the one doing the suffering.
On several occasions after gaining a very hard yard, only to come off the field very gingerly, Evans looked like he'd been hit by a truck - 11 trucks clad in Morrison red-and-white.
So did his teammates after the Mustangs delivered a 55-20 defeat to Dee-Mack in the Class 2A state football playoffs at Bud Cole Field.
"It's like Mike Tyson: everybody has a plan to beat them until you first get hit," Dee-Mack coach Job Linboom said. "Nobody has been able to slow them down all year. (Offensively) we tried everything and they stopped everything."
Other than allowing a couple of home-run pass plays to Dee-Mack, Morrison (10-0) looked every bit like a No. 1 seed.
Led by Josh Vos and his 212-yard, four-touchdown rushing effort, the Mustangs moved about as efficiently as possible, particularly on offense. Left halfback Kyle Janssen added a pair of early rushing TDs and had 82 yards rushing, all but nine of those coming in the first half. Vos, a fullback, dominated throughout the game, with 104 first-half yards and 108 in the second.
Dee-Mack (5-5) had just 8 yards in the first quarter and minus-1 rushing yards at halftime.
Dee-Mack junior Matt Krause repeated a feat he'd performed in Week 8 of the regular season, when he caught a pass for a touchdown (84 yards, in the second quarter), ran for one (in the third on the Chiefs' only sustained drive of the day) and threw for one (80 yards in the fourth). The Chiefs wound up with 223 yards passing, with four plays responsible for 214 of those yards.