DUNLAP — Seth Glatz is a driving force behind Morton High School's offense.
Even if, at just age 15, he doesn't yet have a driver's license.
Glatz bashed for 225 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, and added a 25-yard TD catch by air to help Morton deliver a 49-20 blow on the road Friday to Mid-Illini Conference co-champion Dunlap High School.
Dunlap is co-conference champion because Morton hammered them while Pekin beat Limestone. That allowed Pekin to jump up into a share of the title with Dunlap. Although Dunlap will be the official conference representative in the IHSA's playoff picture.
But Glatz was the story line for the playoff-bound Morton team, which won its fourth straight game.
During that four-game win streak, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound sophomore has 1,004 rushing yards and 15 rushing TDs.
Stunning. And it's all because over the summer, an incumbent starter on the Morton depth chart fell ill.
"The thinking in the summer was that I would only play defense," Glatz said. "But the starter got sick for a while, and they put me in there and I just kept going.
"I can't explain these last four weeks. They just keep giving me the ball. And our offensive line is amazing, the holes are always there.
"But 1,000 yards in the last four games? I never could have pictured this."
The Morton resident has an older brother on the team, Zeke. He has two older sisters, both in college.
His father, Matt, works for Raymond James Financial Services. His mom, Sara, keeps everybody and everything running smoothly at home.
Glatz is into basketball and track as well. But from his earliest days, it's been football first.
"I just love the game," he said.
Morton and Dunlap will learn their playoff fates in the IHSA pairings show on Saturday.
This game was more a statement about who Morton is and its emerging young star in the backfield. For Dunlap, it was a night that did not meet expectations — but also did not tarnish what has been a terrific season for the co-champs.
"They really smacked us hard," Dunlap coach Brett Cazalet said. "He (Glatz) is a really nice running back, and that line they have is special, too.
"But there's nothing for us to be down about. We had a great season and are co-champions at 7-2.
"This group will come back strong."
Pekin, meanwhile, ended up with a storybook ending, jumping into a tie for the conference title — it's first since joining the lineup in 2006 -—at 6-1, and finishing a game behind Dunlap overall at 6-3.
Pekin coach Doug Nutter told his team, after the game "It wasn't pretty, but we got it done. I love you guys."
Then the Dunlap game went final.
"I wasn't thinking about the Dunlap-Morton game," Nutter said. "I was focusing on beating a good Limestone team that was playing with nothing to lose on their Senior Night."
Glatz has two more years to go before he has to worry about that. He reeled off a 63-yard TD run in the first half, and grabbed a 25-yard TD pass on a jump ball in the end zone as time expired in the half.
He gashed for touchdown runs of 46, 34 and 39 yards in the second half to keep Dunlap out of it.
"We came in here and beat the conference champion on its home field, so we're happy with how we played," Morton coach Tim Brilley said. "Seth Glatz just kind of came along and got better and better every week.
"People don't realize he has been our starter all season. He just keeps improving, the whole team does, and these last four weeks have been impressive.
"Seth is a humble kid. And he sure has that 'It' factor."
Glatz is a Bears fan, and he idolizes Walter Payton. Although his opportunity to replace a sick teammate last summer has some similarities to Wally Pipp, the New York Yankees first baseman who sat out a game because he had a headache — and was replaced by a young prospect named Lou Gehrig.
"From where I started in the summer, I would have never believed all that could happen," Glatz said.
Dave Eminian covers the Rivermen and Chiefs for the Journal Star, and writes the Cleve In The Eve sports column for pjstar.com. Reach him at 686-3206 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @icetimecleve.