“We’re pretty confident because we’re improving our mistakes and continuing to learn and giving a good effort,” he said. “We have to really want to execute and follow our game plan and get off the ball early and play fast.”
Progress, for Morton, can’t be judged by wins and loss — at least at this point. Competing on a weekly basis in the West Suburban Gold is one of the mains goals for the Mustangs.
Morton coach Bob Organ said one of Ibarra’s strengths is his ability to lead his teammates.
“He’s a young man who spearheaded bringing guys over from the east to west campus for weightlifting,” he said. “He’s a wrestler and rugby player, but still dedicated to the weight room during wrestling. He’s a great student, just everything you want as a player in a program. He’s a program guy and always following what the coaches say.”
Ibarra said he’s become a student of the game after starting last season.
“I’m definitely a lot more confident than last year, just overall a lot better,” Ibarra said. “Being disciplined and taking the right steps and blocking right guy is a big difference for me from last year.”
Organ said he’s been encouraged by the play of several newcomers, notably freshman wide receiver/returner Leon Kelsick.
“Leon is doing a great job,” he said. “He had a couple of nice catches against Hinsdale Central. He’s a really level headed young man, a good player to watch in the future. He’s played a big role.”
Organ said the Mustangs have to work on limiting turnovers and not falling into early deficits. Morton committed five turnovers in its first two games.
“We’re excited to get into conference and have a fresh start,” he said. “Leyden is always going to play physical. They have a good system. We have to play physical. We have to do the little things right and pay attention to detail. We have to take care of our house, not worry what they are doing.”