November 24, 2009

Morris finishes with a bang

All year James Morris and his Solon High School teammates had a target on their back. All year then just kept doing what they do and the result was a third straight state title and a winning streak that now stands at 41 straight games after a 38-7 win in the 2A title contest over Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley.

With his future school, the Iowa Hawkeyes, playing at the same time on Saturday, Morris rumbled for 214 yards rushing and blew open a close game at the half for the victory.

"It was how I wanted to go out, with a bang," Morris said. "It was really about our offensive line because they got it going. I thought they really shut us down in the first half, but we got it going in the second half and they gave me some great holes to run through."

For his career, Morris rushed for 6,464 yards, including 2,247 this season. That included playing some quarterback, when starting signal caller Wes Sleeper went down with a torn ACL, along with his usual duties on the defensive side of the ball.

He has a lot of memories that are running through his mind following being a part of three state championships.

"We were challenged every week and that is a testament to our coaches. Solon has a special thing going right now. It is sad that this comes to an end for me there, but it couldn't have ended any better."

The next step in his football journey will be this fall when the 6-foot-2 and 215 pound athlete will find his home at linebacker for the Hawkeyes. But, before that he plans on wrestling once again at 215 pounds, along with running track. However, the future is already on his mind.

"Honestly, I have been thinking about it for about three years now," he said. "I just want to make sure that I am doing things right and to put myself in a position to be ready to go and understand what my role is going to be. I feel like I have a good blueprint already of what the best things for me to do are and now I just have to do those things within the realm of wrestling and then track in the spring."

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