Varina’s coaching staff must have felt snake-bitten. In the 2006 season opener, they lost star quarterback/safety Davon Morgan to a broken fibula. The same thing happened last season, when Blue Devils running back Brandon Minor suffered a hip injury early in the year and missed most of the 2005 season. Minor and the Blue Devils persevered then and Morgan and his teammates have done the same so far in 2006.
Minor returned from his injury and Morgan is hoping to follow suit, possibly as soon as the next few weeks.
“I got my walking boot off [yesterday],” said Morgan, who started at quarterback and safety in the season opener. “I’m starting rehab tomorrow. I supposedly could be back in a couple weeks. I’m real anxious to get out there. In my mind, I’m saying ‘hurry up, hurry up, hurry up.’ I’m playing it by the doctor’s orders, though. I don’t want to rush it.”
Minor, who is Morgan’s cousin, was there for support when Davon suffered the injury.
“He’s my cousin. I talk to him every day,” Morgan said of Minor, who is a freshman tailback at the University of Michigan. “He told me ‘don’t worry about it.’ It’s been frustrating, but everything happens for a reason. It put our team to the test. Everybody plays their best game when they come to town and our team has stepped up.”
The 6-0, 190-pound Morgan has continued to shine in a leadership role despite being on the sidelines.
“I’ve still been involved with the team,” Morgan said. “Even though I’m not on the field, I try to help out by coaching the team and telling them what I’m seeing out there on the field. I just go to practice every day and encourage my teammates.”
The four-star recruit has been there to help out junior quarterback Justin Thorpe. Thorpe played wide receiver last season as a sophomore.
“I told him to relax, play the game and let the game come to him,” Morgan said. “I had a great junior year, but I think he’s actually better than I was last year. He’s starting to get more relaxed in the pocket. He’s getting a feel for everything.”
Like last season, Varina has stepped up in the absence of its star. After losing its season opener, the team has reeled off six straight wins.
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