Young players stepping up for teams
by Staff Reports
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RISING TO THE OCCASION: Cass wide receiver Chris Morton may have delivered the play of the game Friday night, even in a losing cause.

With his team needing to sustain a drive to get back in the game, Morton skied for a fourth-quarter reception from quarterback Brandon Etheridge, taking the ball away from a defender to give the Colonels a first down at the Pickens 6-yard line.

The catch set up of one of Cass’ four touchdowns. In fact, Morton, who unofficially finished with 134 yards, had a hand in three of his team’s scores.

Later in the fourth, Morton’s 42-yard, fourth-down catch put the Colonels in position for a game-winning field goal. He also hauled in a 63-yard reception, his longest of the night, in the second quarter to allow Cass to sneak into halftime down just 15 points instead of a three-score deficit.

Of his sophomore receiver, Colonels coach Rick Casko said, “Chris gives great effort. He’s making big plays for us. He does what he’s supposed to do.”

Casko marveled at the aforementioned leaping grab Morton made in the fourth.

“Again, [that was a] big play just taking the ball away, and then the last play, you know, getting the ball and breaking tackles and getting down the field [also was important],” the coach continued. “[He is] just a sophomore. He’s a gamer. He really plays well in the games and makes big plays for us and has each week.

“He’s a great competitor, a real competitor.”

PRACTICE MAKES, ERR, PERFECT? Cass coaches likely had a hard time deciphering what transpired in front of them Friday since the Colonels team that showed up for a homecoming bout with Pickens seemed a far cry from the one they saw in the preceding days.

“We had a great week of practice,” Casko acknowledged after a 28-26 loss to the Dragons. “We didn’t get to practice Monday ‘cause of the weather and everything, but the two next days ... I felt so good about the way we practiced, and it did not carry over to the game. ... I felt very good coming into this week, the way we were focused and the way we practiced so very well.”

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