PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bryce McMorris tosses 4 TD passes in Bulldogs’ 1st win

Published 12:17 am Tuesday, October 1, 2019

NEDERLAND — Bryce McMorris threw four touchdown passes in Nederland’s 48-0 shutout win at Santa Fe on Friday night, and each one went to a different receiver.

The final score was not indicative of a team that started winless through three games.

“I think everybody started to click with everybody, realizing that we were really 0-3 and we really started to pick it up,” McMorris said. “Everybody needed to come together, and we’re all a big brotherhood.”

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The Nederland brotherhood helped McMorris earn The News’ Player of the Week honor.

McMorris completed 11 of 17 passes for 228 yards, his longest a 61-yard strike to fellow senior Bryson Garrett.

This was not McMorris’s first big passing game of the season, however. He threw for 251 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns against Silsbee in Week 3, but also tossed two interceptions in a 14-for-26 evening.

The week before against Beaumont United, McMorris nearly broke 200 yards on 18-of-31 passing with a pick.

Something changed, however, to help the Bulldogs break through in the win column.

“I got more relaxed,” he said. “I trusted my o-line more. I just gave it to my playmakers.”

Bulldogs coach Monte Barrow said McMorris played more comfortably in the pocket, although he made some plays out of it. McMorris just wasn’t in as much of a hurry to get outside it, Barrow added.

As a team, the Bulldogs simply put a winless start to the season behind them.

“I think the players did what we asked them to do, which was kind of cleanse the mind of the 0-3 part and everything’s starting over, bring what we can learn from our non-district schedule, which we played three really good teams that really taught us a lot about us,” Barrow said.

Other big performances of the week from Mid- and South County teams:

  • For Nederland, Kade Scott caught three passes for 67 yards and a touchdown;
  • Rene Cunningham caught three more passes for 59 yards and a TD;
  • Bryson Garrett took the 61-yard pass from McMorris to the end zone; and
  • Kamden Grant garnered the other TD reception from 20 yards out.

In Memorial’s 27-8 win at Galena Park on Thursday:

  • Kason Williams carried 19 times for 128 yards and caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jah’Mar Sanders for the opening score;
  • Sanders completed 15 of 26 passes for 180 yards and ran 19 yards for another touchdown;
  • Tavian Gipson caught seven passes for 81 yards; and
  • Branden Chaney carried 15 times for 90 yards and two TDs, and added two receptions for 38 yards.

In Port Neches-Groves’ 31-14 win over Baytown Lee:

  • Blake Bost completed 24 of 37 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns;
  • Peyton Proenza caught eight passes for 107 yards and both touchdowns;
  • Zane Hernandez added seven receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown to his 11 carries for 76 yards and a TD; and
  • Dean Guidry and Matthew Kendrick each intercepted a pass.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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