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July 8, 2014

Morse, PN-G 7-on-7 geared up for state

PORT NECHES — The Port Neches-Groves Indians are headed to state this weekend.

Indians fans have waited a long time to hear those words. It will not be the UIL state football title game but a group of Indians players will compete in the Texas 7-on-7 state tournament.

PN-G’s squad will be competing in Pool L in Division I. Joining the Indians in the pool are Azle, Houston Lamar and Plano. The tournament is held in College Station.

The first game for PN-G starts at 2 p.m. Friday against Plano, followed by a 4 p.m. game against Houston Lamar and finally a 6 p.m. contest when the Indians face Azle.

Each pool’s top two teams advance to a championship round and the bottom two pool teams head to the consolation bracket. The Division I championship game is expected to be played at about 4 p.m. Saturday.

It is important to note the Texas State 7-on-7 Association is not associated with the UIL or the Texas High School Coaches’ Association. Teams are not managed by high school football coaches.

For one Indians player, this competition has been great. It has led quarterback Adam Morse to travel to several different state qualifying tournaments over the last few weeks.

“It hasn’t stopped since high school baseball season ended,” Morse said. “We have been to Lufkin, Katy, Crosby and Cinco Ranch. It certainly takes up a whole weekend.”

The 7-on-7 play also gives Morse a chance to work with his teammate receivers on route timing and communication skills.

“The most important part of it all is the chemistry you build as a quarterback with the receivers,” Morse said. “What I would like to see our team do even more is grow as a team and become an even bigger family. We are learning how to communicate more as a team and I hope we continue to build on that.”

Morse was not the starting quarterback for the Indians last high school season as a sophomore. It is still unclear how Brandon Faircloth will manage both Morse and returning starter Ky Walker.

Walker finished with 2,135 yards as a junior last year with 14 touchdowns, the eighth most for a passer in a single season in PN-G history.

The PN-G duo has split up the 7-on-7 snaps with Morse getting two drives to one for Walker.

“I love it,” Morse said. “I am always eager to get out there and do what I can do. There are a bunch of things that I hope we as a team move over from 7-on-7 to the high school season. First, of course, is the timing with the receivers and also the receivers working on their routes. We both have been able to learn about defenses through these games.”

So win or lose this weekend, Morse and the Indians are already preparing for what is expected to be a successful PN-G football year.

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