Coming into the season, No. 4-ranked Graham-Kapowsin’s coach, Eric Kurle, felt like he had something special when he tabbed freshman Dylan Morris at quarterback.
After Morris kept the Eagles undefeated and at the top of the 4A South Puget Sound League South standings with their 35-13 win over Puyallup on Friday night at Sparks Stadium, Kurle’s decision is looking like the right choice as the Eagles close in on reclaiming the South league title.
“We knew we had a special talent when we selected him to start for us,” Kurle said of his freshman signal caller. “He does all the right things and is improving with each game.”
All the right things such as staying calm and collected while remaining poised in the pocket. Morris demonstrated all those attributes in the win for Graham-Kapowsin (7-0, 5-0 league). .
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“It’s all on my teammates … (tonight) was a great team win,” Morris said.
Puyallup (3-4, 3-2) opened the second half with its sophomore quarterback Colby Burton driving the Vikings down the field. Zach Munizza ended the drive with a 38-yard field goal to cut the Eagles’ lead to 21-10.
On Graham-Kapowsin’s next snap, Puyallup’s rush found and stripped Morris of the ball, giving the Vikings good field position.
“The coaches told me not to worry about anything about that,” Morris said.
After a holding call negated Burton’s would-be 2-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Torgerson, Puyallup had to settle for a 25-yard Munizza field goal to reduce its deficit to 21-13.
Morris came out on the Eagles’ next drive and took the momentum back from Puyallup. The freshman nailed a 35-yard, third-down pass down the sideline to Beau Blowers, setting up Aaron Wright’s 7-yard score to start the fourth.
“(Dylan) doesn’t let his mistakes get to him. He can throw two picks in a game and still come back and make the plays he needs to make,” Kurle said.
Graham-Kapowsin’s defense stood tall against Puyallup in the fourth, sacking Burton four times before Wright delivered his second touchdown run, a 27-yarder, to close out the win.
“They closed up the middle of the field in the fourth,” Burton said. “They doubled up on Tyler (Torgerson) and took away the middle.”
Graham-Kapowsin next faces Rogers (2-5, 1-3), which defeated Spanaway Lake, 24-0, at Art Crate Stadium. Puyallup will play 4A Narrows Timberline next Friday at Sparks.
“It doesn’t matter what you do in the game, it’s all about playing together and winning league titles,” Morris said.