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Former South Point QB Morrison happily trades throws for catches

August 10, 2018

SOUTH POINT, Ohio — In the movies, all the boys want to be the quarterback, but in real life, South Point High School’s Joel Morrison is happy to give the spot under center to someone else.

Morrison, a senior, quarterbacked the Pointers last year, but has moved to wide receiver this season. The idea was his own.

“I told the coaches I wanted to play receiver,” Morrison said. “I like the position change and I think I’ll do better at receiver. At quarterback, there was a lot of pressure. I’m pretty happy with the change.”

Morrison played wide receiver in middle school and as a sophomore before moving to quarterback, a position that now will likely be filled by junior Brody Blackwell.

Morrison’s close friend and fellow senior Brad Perry also plays at wideout and is pleased to have his buddy with him catching passes. “I think our team will do a lot better,” said Perry, who also plays cornerback in a secondary that features Morrison at safety.

The Pointers went 2-8 last season, beating Boyd County and Roane County. South Point hopes to improve on that record,

but more than just bettering the won-lost mark, is looking to become a better football team overall. Merely seven of South Point’s 36 players played for the Pointers last season. Nine newcomers are freshmen and two are transfers, but the other 18 are sophomores, juniors and seniors who didn’t come out in 2017.

“It’s going pretty well/′ Morrison said. “It’s a lot different. We’re more of a team this year and everybody works together.”

South Point scrimmaged Eastern-Pike on Tuesday and new coach James Gifford, who came from Sciotoville East, said he was relatively pleased after watching video of the game.

“I wasn’t too happy with it during the scrimmage,” Gifford said. “When I looked at the film, I felt better. It was a matter of some small mistakes that we can correct. We were close to breaking some big plays.”

Perry said he, too, was pleased, but that the Pointers have work to do.

“We mainly worked on some things,” Perry said. “I think we’ll know more about our team when we scrimmage Symmes Valley.”

South Point opens its season at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at home vs. Portsmouth West.

“I think I’ll do better at receiver. At quarterback, there was a lot of pressure. I’m pretty happy with the change.”

Joel Morrison

South Point football

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