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IL’s Morris steps up role

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Warriors’ QB emerges as team leader

By Robert Howey

 

INDIAN LAND – George Morris is an Indian Land High School football team veteran, but Warriors’ coach Mike Mayer sees him in a new role this season.

“George has become the leader of the team,” Mayer said. “He’s an excellent leader. I have been very pleased with his attitude and play so far this year.

“He is doing much better than anticipated,” Mayer said. “All of our seniors have embraced senior leadership this season.”

Morris, a 6-3, 185-pounder, figured it was time to step up and be counted.

“I’m the quarterback,” said the three-year varsity member, who is in his first full season as the Warriors’ signal-caller. “Every great team has the quarterback as the leader.”

Morris added he could be more vocal, but his play so far speaks volumes.

To date, he’s 42 of 73 passing for 474 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s rushed for 103 yards on 30 carries, a 3.4-yard per carry average with a touchdown.

In the 1-2 Warriors’ lone win, a 37-0 home victory over Blacksburg, he was 16-17 for 159 yards and two scores.

“I’m trying to go all out,” Morris said. “You can’t look back. This might be the last year you’re playing football.”

Mayer sees an improved player.

“So far he is throwing the ball well and doing a good job of managing the games,” Mayer said. “He throws the deep ball well and has good touch on it.”

A week ago, Morris sparked the Warriors in a late rally which saw them erase a 27-6 Lewisville lead and tie the game.

Morris scored a touchdown and threw two TD passes to ignite the Warriors’ comeback to force overtime.

Lewisville posted the 34-27 win in triple overtime.

“We know we can score and score in a hurry,” said Morris of what was taken from the setback in Richburg last week. “We’re going to put up a fight.”

Morris said he would like to see that aggressive play come earlier in the Warriors’ games.

“We’ve started slow. It’s like we feel out the other team,” he said. “We get behind and then we realize we have to play, or we’re going to lose. We need to be more confident.

“We have to come off the bus ready to play,” Morris said. “We have to play with our hair on fire and go 90 miles an hour.”

This week, the Warriors have an open date, with the game with Marvin Ridge High of Union County, N.C., canceled due to a schedule error.

Morris said the Warriors are making the most of the situation and extra practice time.

“We’ve had high-tempo practices,” he said. “The practices have gone well. It’s also given us time to heal up and get some of our injured players back.”

Morris said when the Warriors return to action, they hope to put the hurt on their remaining foes.

“I’ll take a win as a win,” he said. “We can make a statement and put Indian Land on the map. I don’t want to shame Indian Land. It’s a part of me and this team is like my family.”