With Morgan in, players would move around and defenses would adjust.
The opponent was determined to stop him; it didn’t always work out that way.
“It was like, ‘Oh.’ People would change defenses on us. That’s a big deal,” North Augusta coach Dan Pippin said. “We put him in if we needed a first down, and he led the team in receptions. If we wanted to run the option every play, he would have been the quarterback.”
And then there’s Morgan’s defense, where he had 119 tackles and three interceptions.
He rushed for 226 yards and 10 touchdowns and had 411 receiving yards and five scores to earn team MVP honors. Morgan is also The Augusta Chronicle’s South Carolina football player of the year.
He led the Yellow Jackets to the Division II Class AAAA state quarterfinals, where they lost to eventual state champion Greenwood 34-32.
Still, the 9-4 season meant North Augusta has won 44 games the past four seasons.
“We know we have guys who come in here every year and work hard,” Morgan said. “So you just keep having good seasons.”
Running back DeVonte Pressley was a star on offense – 1,940 rushing yards, in fact – but Morgan got his, needing only 38 rushes to get those 10 touchdowns. He would take snaps and go through massive holes opened up by the Yellow Jackets’ line.
Morgan scored a touchdown every 4.7 times he touched the ball on offense as he would get the call to finish drives.
Though Morgan’s high school career is over, Pippin expects Morgan to find success in college. After that, Pippin thinks even more success will follow.
“I wish he would get into teaching and coaching, but he’s probably going to be some business guy who’ll make a lot of money. He’ll be my boss some day,” Pippin said with a big grin.